Internal figures from Microsoft UK admit that RS/6000 machines are outselling HP Unix boxes by a factor of two to one, but claim NT servers will outstrip sales of Unix servers by over 20,000 this summer.
Simon Witts, director of enterprises at Microsoft UK, said that the figures, compiled both from the company's own data and well-known market research reports, show that between June last year and June this year around 111,000 Intel-based servers will ship.
He said: ?NT servers will outstrip Unix servers by around 20,000 by the end of June.? Microsoft estimates that RS systems will sell 6,500; Sun Solaris 5,000; SCO 3,000 and HP only 3,500 systems by June.
Julie Woods, marketing manager at IBM's European AIX group, said that the Microsoft figure for servers was hard to judge because it depended how you classified Windows NT clients against Windows NT servers. But she said both IBM and Sun were drawing away from HP on the Unix server front. ?The latest figures from IDC show that overall in the Unix space, the RS business grew at 12 per cent against HP?s figure of six per cent. We?ve stretched our lead over HP and so has Sun.?
She claimed that part of the reason for that was because corporate customers thought HP was equivocal about the future of Unix, because of its relationship with Intel. ?Sun and IBM have put all our eggs into one basket with Unix. We?re redeploying money we would have put into NT into clustering technology. HP is still sending mixed messages to the market.?
She admitted that NT servers had gained market share. ?There?s no doubt that for replication servers NT is there and gaining share. The middle and the high end markets are still dominated by Unix. Most analysts say the Unix total will grow by about five per cent but workstation business is in decline.?
IBM will aggressively compete against Intel-based competitors like Compaq, she said. ?The battle ground is in pre-packaged software. The SP and SMP business we?ve got will compete with Compaq.? She revealed that IBM will unveil a new box in April codenamed Wildcat. "That will be aggressively priced to compete directly with Compaq,? she said.
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