IT & Network Infrastructure : 12 Reasons Why Unix Won't Disappear Any Time Soon (and 3 Reasons It Might)

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2009-07-22 Print this article Print
12 Reasons Why Unix Wont Disappear Any Time Soon (and 3 Reasons It Might)

12 Reasons Why Unix Wont Disappear Any Time Soon (and 3 Reasons It Might)

by Jeffrey Burt
Oracle's $7.4 acquisition of Sun Microsystems may be raising as many questions as it answered, not the least of which is, what will the software giant do with Sun's extensive server portfolio? And what Oracle does with Sun's UltraSPARC line of servers could have an impact on Solaris' future. Sun's Unix OS may be expanding its reach into the x86 server space, through deals with Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, but it has a major presence in Sun's UltraSPARC server customer base. The Oracle-Sun deal raises the same questions many in the industry have had about the future of Unix, particularly given the continued rapid growth of x86 server sales and the increasingly Unix-like workloads that those less-expensive systems can carry. However, while there may be some questions about Unix's long-term viability, there are plenty of reasons to expect that the operating system will be around for years to come. (Many thanks should go to IDC analyst Jean Bozman, Pund-IT Research analyst Charles King and Sageza Group analyst Clay Ryder for their contributions to the list.)

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