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Posted by Richard Fichera on October 26, 2011
There has been a lot of ill-considered press coverage about the “death” of UNIX and coverage of the wholesale migration of UNIX workloads to LINUX, some of which (the latter, not the former) I have contributed to. But to set the record straight, the extinction of UNIX is not going to happen in our lifetime.
While UNIX revenues are not growing at any major clip, it appears as if they have actually had a slight uptick over the past year, probably due to a surge by IBM, and seem to be nicely stuck around the $18 - 20B level annual range. But what is important is the “why,” not the exact dollar figure.
UNIX on proprietary RISC architectures will stay around for several reasons that primarily revolve around their being the only close alternative to mainframes in regards to specific high-end operational characteristics:
So given that UNIX is not glamorous but is still a solid presence in the IT landscape, what does the future hold? I expect that the leading vendors will continue to enhance their offerings of both hardware and software, with an emphasis on making several of the operations strengths of UNIX even stronger:
My expectation is that we will see the following general direction from the major system vendors:
What are your plans for continued UNIX use in your organization?
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