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TechWeb: Solaris 8 vs. Windows 2000 Battle Rages

Apr 02, 2000, 04:08 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stuart Glascock)

"A renewed, high-stakes war over who can provide the best operating platform in the enterprise and high-end dot-com space is heating up again between arch rivals Sun Microsystems and Microsoft."

"While Microsoft's latest operating system is selling well pre-installed on new PCs, it remains to be seen how far the server products will reach, especially at the higher end in arenas where Windows NT never gained a foothold. Indeed, some analysts say the real dogfight begins when Windows 2000 Datacenter server ships later this year. Directly targeting the high-volume commercial Unix customers, it sports four-node clustering, 64-Gbytes of memory, and advanced clustering services such as process-control management."

""Sun continues to own the high-end, so even if Windows 2000 adoptions were brisk, the Windows 2000 OS itself can't hold a candle to Solaris on the high-end, but the battle wont' even begin until Microsoft releases Windows 2000 Datacenter," said Simon Yates, e-business infrastructure analyst at Forrester Research... "The Windows operating system is trapped in the middle-tier, but the Datacenter is a [Microsoft] breakout product," Yates said."

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