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ZDNet UK: Web economy assists Unix

Dec 12, 2000, 20:29 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Banks)

"There are signs of a swing away from Intel- and Windows NT-based servers towards Unix. Compaq still tops the supplier's list with a 32 percent share of the market, but this is down from 34 percent. IBM and Dell managed to gain just one percentage point each -- to 19 and 11 percent respectively -- while Sun doubled its share to eight percent...."

"New e-businesses are bound to require Unix-based systems of one sort or another, a fact brought out by the Gartner figures showing that, while Wintel-based systems grew just one percent, Unix server sales grew 43 percent. There is a strong trend here towards Linux systems among the catch-all measurement of Unix, of course, but the important trend is away from Microsoft's offerings."

"Microsoft's position has not been helped by its sloth in bringing some of its important e-business applications to market. The company has only just launched its Commerce Server 2000, over a year late. Admittedly, the final product has features essential for many e-business systems, such as business-decision support and content management, but the software could have been released sooner if Microsoft had used technology already available."

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