Doug Michels, the Santa Cruz Operation’s (SCO) president and chief executive, claims there is now evidence of growth in the Unix market despite rumours of its imminant demise.
At the SCO Forum user group meeting in Santa Cruz on Monday, he said that IDC expected the Unix on Intel sector to be the fastest growing area of the market, with growth rates of 10 per cent this year and 20 per cent next year. The market research company had also upped SCO’s revenue projections by $10 billion to $37 billion by 2003, he attested.
“The Intel space is starting to accelerate, and Merced is a signal for the Unix on Intel market to blast off. Other developments in the Intel architecture such as eight way Pentium machines, some of which will be announced shortly for sale, and clustering technology will provide potential disruption to proprietary Risc and mainframe systems,” he said.
This would create more competition on the market, he claimed and push SCO further into the enterprise. “In the past, we only got so far and then people moved to proprietary systems, but now we’ll continue to go up,” he said.
He also attested that: “Unix is doing so well because people are generally disappointed with Windows NT and its ability to be an enterprise server. There’s also been a widespread adoption of the network computing model, where most of the complexity is on the server, which the Internet has brought on at a rapid pace.”
He described the Internet as the most disruptive thing to ever hit the computer industry, which meant that even those companies that thought they were stable and secure were not necessarily so any more. As a result, “it’s all up for grabs again,” he claimed.
But interest in Linux had also made Unix more visible in general and helped customers realise there were other operating systems on the market other than Microsoft’s, he continued, while the Year 2000 (Y2K) problem was now imminant enough to force people to start taking decisions about what they need to do about it.
“A lot of people were in the wait and see mode, but now they’ve got to decide whether to change their systems or reinvest to make their old ones Y2K compliant, and a lot have recommitted to Unix. A lot of customers who were on the fence have come off it, but it’s not a one year phenomena and they’ll continue to build mission critical systems around Unix,” he claimed.
He added that sales from the firm’s Unixware operating system (OS) had grown 58 per cent in the last two years and now accounted for 30 per cent of its total revenues, up from 20 per cent last year.
“This is in line with what we expected. It’s not an overnight transition and Openserver still has a long life. But Openserver still grew last year, although not as fast as Unixware, which is why we’re showing growth,” he said.
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