Microsoft NT is not stable enough for small and medium enterprises to run their businesses on, claimed a director of utility software company Stac, which today launched a disaster recovery product for the operating system, called Replica.
Michael Harris, senior director of the company, said: ?NT crashes more frequently than Netware. It?s not as mature a product as Netware or OS/2 and we?re making money out of its failure.?
Harris claimed that Microsoft was seeking to scoop up the small and medium business market with NT rather than the large corporate enterprise. He said: ?The average number of users on an NT server is 10. Microsoft won?t admit that, but that?s the case.?
According to Stac, Microsoft does not provide its own recovery products and, among third party offerings, only bundles Seagate Software?s utility with NT Server. ?They bundle it because it cheap,? claimed Harris. ?Microsoft has to rely on third party products to provide disaster recovery and is not doing anything it doesn?t have to.?
He said that the impact of NT will be on Netware and the low end of the server market, rather than the high end where corporate users already have many disaster recovery plans in place.
He said that IDC figures show that this year, NT will equal Netware, with one million sales, while it will overtake Novell next year with an estimated 1.4 million sales. Netware will stay flat, he said.
But such figures do not take into account the changes likely to occur with Windows NT 5.0. Microsoft is expected to release three flavours of NT 5.0, with one specifically designed to take advantage of the Intel Merced chip, when that is released. This is part of Microsoft's strategy to chase symmetrical multiprocessing systems, which will involve a redesign of NT.
Microsoft is currently showing its top end users the new user interface it will include in Memphis and NT 5.0, but refused to comment on training issues such a change of interface will involve.
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