Windows NT has ousted Unix as the operating system of choice for Internet servers.
But a ?bounce? seen on the Unix front suggests the battle is not over, according to prelimary figures from IDC?s forthcoming ?1997 Windows NT Adoption Survey?.
In the first quarter of this year, 54 per cent of US firms with more than 1,000 employees were using NT for Internet access, and this is expected to increase to 61 per cent by the end of 1997. This compares to 32 per cent using Unix in the first quarter, and 34 per cent using Novell Netware (some use multiple OSs). By the end of the year, the forecast is 42 per cent to use Unix, and 40 per cent using Netware - a bounceback for both systems.
?Unix servers still hold the high performance end of this market, so the surge may reflect the requirement for larger Unix servers in some sites with growing use of the Internet,? said the report authors.
IDC also believes Novell has ?surprising potential?. ?Although Netware will be eclipsed by Unix in site presence in 1997, Novell?s flagship platform will remain very much in the hunt. This data reminds us that the embattled supplier retains a critically important asset: very broad market presence,? continued the analysts.
NT is also cited as the most common Intranet server operating system. By the end of the year, 60 per cent of large sites expect to be using NT servers to support their Intranets. Netware will overtake Unix by the end of 1997, being used in 42 per cent of respondents? sites, compared to 38 per cent for Unix.
According to IDC: ?Hardware suppliers that rely solely on Unix as their platform for capturing Internet and Intranet-driven opportunities are missing the market?s message that NT is now the most widely used platform for these applications. This doesn?t mean that Unix is not a viable and important platform, but it does mean that Unix no longer owns the Internet.?
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