A report from Forrester Research, which claims that Hewlett Packard and IBM will dominate the net server market by the year 2000, came under fire last week as Sun unveiled a specialist server division.
John Oltsik, an analyst at Forrester, claimed in his report Choosing Net Servers, that systems vendors and users were thrown off guard by the rapid growth of the Internet.
'Vendors like Sun and SGI were cagey enough to exploit the knowledge gap to gain leadership positions,' he said. 'As the Internet becomes more mission critical and houses business applications, users will default to the traditional systems kings like HP and IBM.'
But John Pattenden, enterprise server manager at Sun UK, rebutted the survey. 'Our leadership in terms of existing sales and our vision for the Internet will stand us in good stead,' he said. 'We've recently announced new functionality and we've even formed a specific server group.'
He said Martin Lambert, former marketing director at Sun UK, would head up the network business unit to ensure the company kept its lead.
Forrester predicts three stages in buying net servers. The first money will be spent on internal networks, the so-called intranet. The second will focus on electronic commerce aimed at external customers. And the third will merge the first two.
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