Sun Microsystems will increasingly dominate the Unix server market and even fight off the assault of NT for at least the next five years, claimed research organisation The Gartner Group, today.
Speaking at Gartner?s annual European symposium, research director Scott Winkler, said Sun?s Solaris offering was the choice for major mission critical systems ahead of all its Unix competitors and that NT was only being used by a small number of early adoptors for these sort of systems.
But Winkler warned that that he thought Sun?s server clustering solution was ?terrible?.
He said that many users employed third party clustering application suppliers like Veritas.
He said he was confident future releases of Sun?s upgrade would address the problem.
?Sun?s clustering solution is not competitive with IBM?s or HP?s,? he said. ?It is very late to market but its roadmap is right on-line.?
Winkler went further, flattering Sun by saying that at ?some point? the company would get it right and overtake the others.
Winkler said that while Sun stayed competitive, fighting against Intel, its Sparc processor contributed only five per cent of major buys anyway.
He said: ?What stops NT closing the gap is the distance it has to cover. Microsoft is less tuned into the enterprise than they would like you to think. When they tell you they are focused on high availability, they are more interested in having you believe that is it is true than having it be true.?
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