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InternetWeek: Get Ready To Upgrade -- New Platforms Will Spur Changes In Architecture

Dec 21, 1999, 21:21 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner, Mike Koller, Rutrell Yasin)

"The most significant development on all of these fronts, surprisingly, will not come from one company-Microsoft. Barring any last-minute delays, Microsoft's long-awaited Windows 2000 operating system, which promises to bring increased scalability and reliability compared with the existing Windows NT 4, will finally ship in February. But there will be numerous options in addition to Windows 2000. Linux will continue to progress as a viable alternative to both Windows and Unix. New versions of Unix will ship. And Intel will release its first 64-bit chip-the Itanium processor."

"The next year holds a lot of technical nuggets for anyone in the dotcom business," said Michael Todd, vice president of technology for Scour Inc., a consumer portal of multimedia sites. For its part, Scour plans to bet big on Linux. "We are looking forward to a better file system, more robust symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) support and better management tools-things, in short, that make Linux scale to an enterprise role...."

"The real [challenge] is for Linux to take on enterprise tasks," Weiss said. "It's not clear if Linux is what you want to run your business on. I doubt that will change in 2000."

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