IBM has dismissed Gartner Group's warning to customers to be wary of Monterey on Intel on the grounds that there is more software support for the hybrid operating system than meets the eye.
In Florida, Gartner analyst and long time Unix expert Paul McGuckin told the Gartner Group Symposium that users should not be fooled into thinking IBM's Monterey Unix initiative provided anything more guaranteed than the next version of AIX on PowerPC.
"IBM has muddied the Monterey message by trying to introduce a 32-bit version from SCO. I recommend users ignore that for the moment and think about Monterey as the next version of AIX," he said.
He said there was little evidence so far that IBM would be able to generate enough independent software enthusiasm for Monterey on Intel's IA-64 processor range. Independent software support, ISV, support was the "single, necessary and sufficient condition of success" in the Unix operating system arena.
Monterey is the code-name for the amalgamation of IBM's Power-based Unix, AIX, and SCO's Intel-based Unix, Unixware. The vendor claims that Monterey on Intel and PowerPC will look and feel the same.
Gartner believes that ISVs would support Monterey on Power PC, but unless IBM could ramp up the sales of RS6000 Unix line, they will not be persuaded to port to the Intel version.
But at the same time IBM was entertaining ISV partners and potential ISV partners in Austin, Texas. The vendor's efforts to promote Monterey have been hampered by its inability to announce that essential ISVs like Oracle are on board. IBM has its own database DB2, which rivals Oracle in revenues, but does not have as wide-ranging an ISV application support as the Oracle database.
Even though Oracle is holding off making an official press announcement, maybe waiting for Oracle World, ISVs have been told that Oracle is on board. In Austin this week and earlier in the month at seminars across Europe, ISVs were told that Oracle proposed to port both its database and financial application suite to Monterey.
"This is the first meeting of top industry ISVs, some of whom are on the industry list and some who aren't," Miles Barel, program director AIX marketing, told VNU Newswire. "We have Monterey up and running on Itanium [Intel's 64-bit architecture, due next year, formally known as Merced] and ISVs will have systems early next year."
"We are making sure that ISVs have the code ready for launch and that they understand the difference want they need to do for Monterey on the Intel and the [IBM] Power platforms," he said. Some ISVs will be interested in both Power and Intel, for some one will be more appropriate than others, he explained.
"ISVs are interested in generating money today, there is no reason for them to talk about IA-64 at all," he argued.
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