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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-07-27 Print this article Print

In his address, Bob Muglia, senior vice president of Microsofts server and tools business, said this is a very healthy business climate, with IT spending going strong and growing, with billions of dollars being spent on architectures that benefit both Windows and Linux. The trend toward industry-standard architectures will benefit Windows; Microsoft feels good about this and is putting mechanisms in place to engage with its customers and partners over the long term, he said.
Microsoft will take share from Linux in the High Performance Computing space over the next few years, Muglia said.
Microsoft is also living up to its promise to reach out and build bridges with the Linux and open-source community, and on July 18 announced a strategic relationship with XenSource for the development of technology to provide interoperability between Xen-enabled Linux and Windows Server virtualization. As Microsoft starts providing software solutions in new areas, like the High Performance Computing and security spaces, it is once again turning to partners to help it gain traction and market share in those markets. Click here to read more about how Microsoft is pulling out all the stops to woo new partners. Muglia acknowledged the company had been weak on the Web hosting side as Apache had provided a better solution than Windows, but that has changed since December as Windows has gained eight points of market share, which translates into server sales for Microsoft from the Web hosting market. "I see turnaround this year in HPC, the beginning of a turnaround on the Web, with security 18 to 24 months out. If we improve on these three we will outgrow Linux on a percentage and unit basis," Muglia said. The security business is one of great opportunity for Microsoft, and there are huge upside opportunities, even though this is a nascent market for the company. To read more about how Microsoft plans to take on Linux in the HPC space, click here. Microsoft is also driving the industry forward in the management product space, where it is the sixth largest player, Muglia said. "Watch what happens in the virtualization space over the next few years. Microsoft is going to own that space," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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