While the main battleground between Windows NT and Unix is now the enterprise packaged application space, Unix is still king in the mainframe replacement and transaction processing markets.
NT is making inroads into the office productivity sector, mainly at the expense of Novell?s Netware. But Unix is still more price/performant for back end systems running databases and high end applications, despite what benchmarks claim, according to Brad Day, vice president of IT consultancy Giga, at a seminar in San Francisco today.
?A pure Microsoft world won?t happen - it would put too many companies out of business and 60 per cent of our customers say they will never return to the former IBM world of a pure play. Companies will continue to buy other operating systems (OSs) and we?ll see the majority of IS departments support two or three,? he said.
He continued: ?Unix has a proven integration stack and is the best for scalability. It is still king in the two-processor symmetrical multiprocessing sector, but this is where Unix and NT will clash in future, while the heart of the midrange is where the big battle for the best of breed packaged applications will be."
He added: "NT is seen mainly in the midrange to replicated applications space and is directly replacing Unix in the engineering and technical markets.?
But Microsoft?s Exchange Server, which runs only under Windows NT, is also developing an industry around itself, Day added, and becoming critical to both IBM's and Digital?s services organisations.
In addition, the increasing adoption of NT for front end transaction processing is leading many of the established Unix players to think about jumping on the Microsoft Common Object Model bandwaggon for software development, and causing them to tout how NT-friendly they are.
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