According to analysts, Microsoft windows server will be getting strong growth due to the wide acceptance of x86 Multi-Core architectures.
Joe Clabby, the president of Clabby Analytics wrote in a research note on July 20 that with the increasing trend of industries towards x86 Multi-Core chips, both Windows and Linux can get benefit. He further said that this trend is great evidence based on a survey, conducted in recent days, by Tech Target which is an analytics company. The survey has suggested that the demand for server platforms has increased a lot apart from the demand of expansion in IT budgets and the increased demand of capacity.
Windows VS Linux:
Clabby wrote in the note that windows growth as a server platform is impressive while Linux, which is the second largest, has been flat over the last year. He further wrote that Windows Server Deployment is huge whereas Red Hat Enterprise Linux is holding normal with about 40% of adoption. Clabby also added that sales of Itanium from HP have also decreased a lot. On the other hand, there are reports that abound of companies such as IBM of gaining share in x86 systems in the first half of 2010.
Clabby also wrote that if the market is going towards the x86 Multi-Cores, it is to be noted that the x86 landscape is being dominated by two operating systems namely Windows and Linux. He said that of course most of the people consider Microsoft as the leading operating system and the way I see it, Microsoft has really got a strong position in the IT world so definitely IT buyers when go towards the x86 Multi-Cores, they are surely going to choose Microsoft’s Windows. Due to these reasons, Windows Server appears as a strong positioned contestant for continued growth. Whether this prediction comes true or not, Microsoft has been trying to sell out their server products to business customers, especially the Windows Server 2008 R2.
Apart from the major focus on enterprises, Microsoft has brought its server to a level that can be used for small or midsize business. The company had announced to discontinue the production of Windows Essential Business Server for midsize business as it discovered that most of the customers were choosing products such as Windows Server 2008 that could address their cloud based management and could meet their virtualization needs.
In the recent events and speeches that were conducted in the past few months, it is quiet clear that Microsoft would concentrate on the Cloud. On July 12, at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, the CEO of Company Steve Ballmer encouraged the companies to entrust their IT infrastructure to the Microsoft’s cloud.
Ballmer added that in such case when customers put data in our system and they entrust more of their data to us, there is a strong need for a better and improved system that is perfect in its reliability, security and complete privacy that is needed by the customers. But according to the Tech Target survey most of the businesses are still reluctant to join this cloud.