Steve's Email

Boy, that's quite an email Steve Ballmer sent out today pounding on Linux and "proprietary Unix." Mostly Linux, though. I wish my emails got that much attention.Well, perhaps not. So, when was the last "email" you sent filled with gallons of fancy analyst studies promoting your stuff over the bad guys? Kind of reads like a press release, doesn't it? I wonder if he wrote it. He did sign it, after all. It was pretty persuasive, actually. Until you read Peter Galli's article in eWeek, that is. Peter found some analysts who have other opinions. I like these three graphs from Peter's piece the best:

[Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst George] Weiss even displayed a chart showing that Linux today—not in 2010—is already better than Windows servers in enterprise-critical areas such as horizontal scaling (aka clustering), security and entry cost.

And by 2006, Weiss predicted that Linux "will meet the performance requirements of 80 percent to 90 percent of single OLTP [online transaction processing] application requirements." And its competition for this gold standard of data-center computing won't be Windows; it's Unix.

As for open source in general, Gartner analyst Mark Driver had this to say: "You'd be stupid not to use open source as part of your application management strategy."

"You'd be stupid" ... that's my favorite line.

I am disappointed, though, that Steve didn't mention the Solaris platform in his email. I was hoping he'd give us a plug. Darn. Maybe he'll start pounding on OpenSolaris in a few months. Maybe we'll even get our very own "Executive Email" like Linux did today.
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<hr> Microsoft does have an interest in Solaris
I am merely making an intelligent guess. In September my site was hit over 26,000 times by the proxy servers at Microsoft. Another 15,000 times thus far in October. They were not using a robot or web crawler either. I check those sort of things. Want to know how much traffic I saw from them before September? Zero. Zilch. Nothing. That is a heck of a lot of new traffic from Microsoft in the last sixty days. Why the sudden interest in Open Source software for Solaris?

OpenSolaris comes to mind right away.

Dennis

Posted by Dennis Clarke on October 29, 2004 at 05:21 AM JST #

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