Despite Novell?s newly found aggressive marketing strategy, a survey among UK network professionals has made what analysts have predicted official - it is losing its grip on the network operating systems market to Microsoft.
Out of the 1,567 organisations polled by IFF Research for Black Box, 36 per cent will change networking operating system suppliers within the next year. Novell?s Netware 4 is just about holding its own as the upgrade route of choice for Netware 3 users while Microsoft?s Windows NT rapidly expands its user base.
Other network operating systems are also suffering at the hands of Windows NT - including Unix, Lan Manager, Appletalk and SNA.
Of those upgrading systems, 60 per cent will move to Windows NT Server while 41 per cent are opting for Netware 4.x. Netware 3.x and 4.x are currently in 64 per cent of the sites polled while Microsoft is installed at 32 per cent of the companies.
Only seven per cent said they would migrate to Appletalk while 37 per cent would use Unix.
Of those using neither Windows nor Netware 4.x, 23 per cent said they will install Windows NT server while only 15 per cent said they are going for Netware 4.x. For Novell, 37 per cent of those using Netware 3.x are ugrading to 4.x, but 34 per cent are opting for Microsoft.
Roger Croft, managing director of Black Box Catalogue, which sells a range of networking products, said: ?The dominance of Novell?s Netware products is being undermined by Microsoft?s efforts to promote Windows NT Server although Novell undoubtedly retains the greater market share. It also looks as if Appletalk and Unix are largely managing to hold their own against the PC network operating systems.?
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