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SPONSOR: GIVE THE IT FOLKS A BREAK
If one asks an IT professional what his or her average workday is like, they'll find the answer extremely vague. That's because any day is far from average for those on the front lines of maintaining corporate networks. Not even taking into account their regular duties, administrators now have to keep track of an ever-increasing list of responsibilities to effectively secure systems against the next virus outbreak.
What's more, when news of the latest cyberattack breaks, the story may begin with the virus, but it will quickly migrate to focus on the IT people. Let's agree that perhaps these folks deserve a break.
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September 24, 2002—In this issue:
1. NEWS AND VIEWS
- IDC: Microsoft Makes Server Inroads
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1. NEWS AND VIEWS
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Market research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) reported yesterday that Microsoft's share of the usually staid server market has jumped dramatically. Microsoft, which owned 41 percent of the market in 2000, saw its market share rise to 49 percent in 2001, IDC says.
IDC reports that Windows 2000 Server adoption is responsible for Microsoft's success. "We looked at Microsoft's growth in 2001 and found part of it was Microsoft's licensing programs, but we believe part of it was because already some Microsoft customers had gone into a large Windows 2000 upgrade cycle," IDC analyst Al Gillen said. "It's the combination of those two factors."
All the other players in this market saw their shares remain stable or fall. Linux server shipments held steady at 25 percent; NetWare and UNIX both fell from about 15 percent of the market in 2000 to 12 percent in 2001. IDC also notes that the overall server market shrank by about 1 percent in 2001.
Microsoft released Win2K in February 2000, but enterprises were slow to adopt Win2K Server. Because of the product's dramatic improvements, the upgrade over the previous version, Windows NT Server 4.0, was complicated. IDC says that the Win2K Server ramp-up proceeded as expected, with a 6- to 12-month lag after its release, during which corporations took time to evaluate the product and plan upgrades. The next release, Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003, isn't expected to attract many upgrades from Win2K Server but is instead primarily targeted at any NT Server 4.0 holdouts. But Microsoft might have prevented a sales downturn this year by implementing a new licensing scheme, Licensing 6.0, that IDC says boosted sales in mid-2002.
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