New figures from market-research firm Spikes Cavell seem to confirm that Novell dominates the UK corporate network operating system market, and that its share is still growing.
Data from Spikes Cavell's ongoing monitoring programme, which keeps tabs on 3,500 organisations with turnovers exceeding #30m, gives Netware 81 per cent of the UK corporate market. This is an increase from 79 per cent on last January.
The study also found that Novell will retain its dominance because 69 per cent of respondents said their network strategy in the future would be based on Novell.
Tom Schuster, managing director at Novell UK, Ireland and Africa, said: 'These are tremendous figures. It's great to have confirmation that we've been gaining market share among corporates, despite the hype surrounding NT. People may listen to the hype, but they vote with their wallets.'
But Graham Opie, author of the Spikes Cavell report, said the rival operating systems 'are living in a complementary rather than a conflicting environment'.
He added that, although Microsoft has increased its market share, 'it's clear that Novell has not been losing ground'.
Microsoft, not surprisingly, disputed the report's findings. Indeed, Mark Hassall, Windows NT product manager at Microsoft UK, prefers to cite figures from market-research company Romtec. These measure the sales of NT and Netware through the channel, rather than installed base.
Romtec's findings show that, for the third quarter of 1996, Windows NT had 43 per cent of the market compared to Netware's 49 per cent, when upgrades were included. 'This data shows a clear swing from Netware to Windows NT Server,' Hassall said.
'Clearly we have a long way to go to overhaul the installed base of Netware, but the momentum is on our side.'
As if this wasn't enough, the Black Box survey tells a somewhat different story. The figures show Novell still has a huge installed base, and 67 per cent of network managers declared their intention of using either Netware 3.x or Netware 4.x by the end of 1997. This compares to 60 per cent in September 1996, which itself was down from 62 per cent in January last year. Windows NT, however, is gaining ground - 60 per cent will be using NT this year.
Every network manager in every company needs to know what his rivals are doing. If everyone else was going for NT, you'd have to justify to your manager why you've opted for Netware instead.
As all the figures show, Novell still holds sway in the network operating system. So don't worry, no one's going to get fired for choosing Netware.
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