I've seen certain industry insiders excitedly writing about the rush to migrate workloads from UNIX to other operating systems, and I've been in some LinkedIn communities where systems administrators are starting to wonder aloud if O/S's like HP-UX, AIX and Solaris are on their way to the pasture.
The truth is that overall market for UNIX systems is declining at a very slow rate and some UNIX vendors are even seeing some gains. I can tell you that the enthusiasm and commitment to HP-UX is very strong and that it is part of HP's converged infrastructure strategy. We very plainly put our HP-UX roadmap out there reaching out to 2020 and update it regularly with fresh innovations.
We just hosted a webinar about the future of UNIX with Forrester Research, Inc. earlier this week, featuring VP and principal analyst Richard Fichera. This webinar revealed that enterprise users of UNIX have a complex set of reasons why they choose to stick with UNIX -- among them the typical RAS features that are historic UNIX strengths but also that users feel UNIX costs less than x86 systems running other operating systems like Linux to manage on a workload-adjusted basis. That's right, costs LESS than Linux to handle the same type of mission-critical workload.
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