Microsoft NT Server blew away the competition in the server operating system market for 1997, new data from market research company IDC shows.
NetWare and OS/2 lost share while Unix grew steadily in a market that slowed down considerably.
The total market for server operating environments grew only 10.8 percent last year, less than half the 1996 growth rate. IDC attributed the slowdown to the unusual boost server sales received from the Internet boom in previous years. The effects of this boom seem to have subsided somewhat.
NT, however, saw sales skyrocket, growing 80 per cent to 1.3 million units. It now holds a 39.8 per cent market share. Sales of Unix server seemed little affected by the NT onslaught: licences grew 15.8 per cent, roughly the same rate as in 1996, to a total of 717,000 units.
Novell NetWare had another bad year, with shipments down 9.4 per cent at 900,000. And IBM saw server sales of OS/2 drop 34.5 percent to 226,000.
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