"High-end Unix vendors will lose out more than Microsoft from
companies running Linux on a mainframe, says Cliff Reeves, head of
Microsoft's Windows .Net product management group.
"Reeves believes Microsoft will only suffer collateral damage
from moves such as Air New Zealand's decision to run Linux and an
open source application on a mainframe, doing his best to dismiss
the development as 'a proposition'.
"Reeves, in the country for Microsoft Tech Ed conference,
wouldn't comment specifically on Air New Zealand's decision but he
was willing to expound on the idea in general terms.
"'Usually these people are rationalising their Unix systems.
Then they say, why don't we sweep up those file and print services
we've got? Companies have excess mainframe capacity and staff who
see every problem in terms of a mainframe solution...'"