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InfoWorld: Microsoft partners to take on Unix in the data center

Feb 07, 2001, 22:33 (41 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Neel)

"Officials for Unisys on Tuesday fired a shot across the bow of the Unix community with its announcement that Microsoft is aggressively developing Windows solutions for the Unisys ES-7000 server with the intent to push the Unix operating platform out of the data center...."

"By moving the Windows applications up to the space traditionally occupied by Unix, we hope to completely do away with Unix in the long-term," Samsom said. "It's not an if, but a when; the Wintel alliance will push Sun out of that space...."

"The benefits of running a Windows environment as opposed to Unix are twofold, according to Samsom."

"First, it's easier finding Wintel skills in the current market because of the size [of its deployment] and it is a standard as opposed to the variety of Unix offerings," Samsom said. And most companies would prefer to internally promote their Windows-trained employees to data center administrators running Windows in the data center rather than hire what Samsom called "expensive Unix guys."

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