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IT-Analysis: Sun suffers another blow at the hands of IBM [D.H. Brown study]

Mar 29, 2000, 15:47 (0 Talkback[s])
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[ Note: Sun's OS studied was Solaris 7, not the current Solaris 8 - LT ed. ]

"The [D.H. Brown] study broke down the functions into a number of core performance areas most notably these were scalability, reliability and availability, systems management, internet and web application services, and directory and security services. Of these five areas AIX 4.3.3 managed to claim the overall top ranking thanks in part to its excellence in the areas of Internet and web application services - which must cast a shadow over Sun's dot com claims."

"As for the rest of the areas studied AIX failed to come top in any of them but still managed to pull through with second place in directory and security services and systems management. The real let down for the IBM camp however was the reliability, serviceability and availability where it rated the worst out of the five OSs tested. This however would appear to put AIX in a difficult situation. It excels in the Internet and web application services functionality but fails quite miserably in the reliability and availability measures, which must make it a difficult choice for the Internet space."

"Solaris however stormed to the top of the charts in terms of scalability but only managed a disappointing fourth in the Internet and web application functionality, the systems management and the directory and security functionality measures - putting it in fourth place overall behind AIX, HP-UX and Tru64."

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