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ZDNet: The Year of Predicting Dangerously?; 2001 the "Year of Managed Services" for Linux?

Dec 28, 2000, 16:13 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"Linux stock prices may be south of the border, but analysts' predictions for Linux's market share continue to defy gravity and head north. What does that mean in terms of trends for the coming year? ... When I asked Stacey Quandt, Linux analyst at Giga Information Group, for her two cents, she proposed that 2001 be designated the "Year of Managed Services" for Linux."

"But Quandt's got a point. When she is talking "managed services," Quandt's talking about the kind of software-update services provided by Eazel via its Nautilus environment to Dell Linux desktops; by service provider LinuxCare; and by Red Hat, with its Red Hat Network service for deploying and managing open source platforms."

"Maybe Quandt is onto something. While leading high-tech companies--like Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Sun--are tripping over one another to claim they provide better/faster/cheaper software-as-a-service platforms, I haven't heard a single Linux vendor make such boasts. Yet the managed Linux services from Eazel and Red Hat are poised to deliver some, though not all, of the kind of Web services that the proprietary companies have outlined."

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