Dataquest figures on the workstation market have confused vendors as both Sun and Compaq claimed the pole position.
Compaq kicked off the debate over Q3 workstation figures by claiming it had trashed Sun in terms of workstation market share.
It said that the Dataquest figures showed that Sun?s market share shrunk to 23.6 per cent and Compaq?s rose to 37.4 per cent.
Said Sue Forkin, enterprise product marketing manager at Compaq UK: ?Customers are looking towards NT for a solution and it?s their preferred solution. We?re producing a machine that matches the power of a Sun workstation.?
But Simon Tindall, group marketing manager at Sun UK?s workstation division, said: ?For the last 10 years, we?ve been the number one workstation vendor in both revenue and profitability terms.?
He claimed that Dataquest has now effectively fudged the figures by including Intel X86 machines in their figures.
He said: ?Dataquest has introduced a a wide definition for workstations including the Pentium, the Pentium Pro and the Pentium II.?
He said that Dataquest had also failed to take into considerations that its annular Q3 figures did not include the fact that was Q1 for Sun.
Also, Tindall added, many users were not as committed to X86 and Microsoft as Compaq implied. He said: ?Sun is not moving over to NT systems, we will continue to supply Solaris and ultimately Java.?
He said that effectively left Sun in charge of the only non X86/Microsoft platform after SGI said it would also produce an NT server. There is further confusion over the figures because HP, Digital and IBM all produce both Unix and Wintel workstations.
Forkin said that her company was in the pole position against its X86 rivals, including Digital, IBM and HP.
Dataquest could not be reached for comment at press time.
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