Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch has the story:
NXT is the name of Microsoft’s latest independent-software-vendor- targeted initiative. Via NXT, Microsoft is hoping to attract and incent ISVs with more than $5 million in revenue “who are ready to migrate or cross-platform to a Microsoft operating system or database,” according to the Microsoft NXT Web site.
According to the NXT site, Microsoft is looking to convince more independent software vendors (ISVs) to move to the Windows Server System of products (Windows Server, SQL Server, BizTalk Server, System Center, etc.), as well as the .Net Framework.
While Microsoft’s site doesn’t spell out the products from which it is hoping to convince ISVs to migrate, Unix and Linux are the main competitors to Windows Server.
It appears that Oracle and DB2 ISVs wanting to support SQL Server are also included and likely others as well. More details by following the links.
Stephen Lawson at InfoWorld:
For the first time, Microsoft Windows was the leading OS in new servers in the third quarter, as the overall worldwide server market grew a robust 8.1 percent, market research company IDC said Tuesday.
After a long period focused on cutting costs and buying servers just to run current applications, enterprises are once again investing strategically in systems to handle future workloads, said IDC analyst Matt Eastwood. IT organizations are once again being asked to support real growth, he said.
Sales of Windows systems accounted for 36.9 percent of all server revenue in the quarter, versus 31.7 percent for Unix and 11.5 percent for Linux, Eastwood said.
Gartner reported slightly slower server revenue growth, but both said the biggest growth was in servers priced under $25K. IBM, HP, and Dell (in order) have the largest shares with Sun now relegated to 4th place.
Much more by following the link, but also of note:
Processors with 64-bit capability are leaping to the forefront of the x86 server market, according to IDC. In the third quarter, 69 percent of all x86 servers sold had 64-bit-capable processors, compared with just 9 percent a year earlier, Eastwood said. Most of those chips are still running only 32-bit applications, but enterprises are investing for the future, he said.
Vendors switching over to exclusively x64 offerings has something to do with it too.
Mary Jo Foley reports It’s the End of the Line for Microsoft’s Services for Unix Product:
After folding some of the SFU features into Windows Server 2003 R2, Microsoft is planning to discontinue support for SFU as a standalone product.
SFU isn’t that well known despite being free and winning a best of show at LinuxWorld in 2003. As it currently exists, SFU is a combination of an earlier SFU offering and the Interix product line Microsoft acquired when they purchased Softway Systems in 1999. It was always an accomodation to enterprise customers who needed some Unix interoperability.