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Chapter 19. FUTURE NETWORKS: WHERE IS TE... > Network Operating Systems with More ...

Network Operating Systems with More Muscle

Sometime in late 2001 (or early in 2002), Microsoft will release the first 64-bit version of its popular network server platform, Microsoft Server. This means that different versions of Windows Server will be available—one that runs on servers with 32-bit processors and one that runs on servers with 64-bit processors. Although there have been a number of 64-bit Unix flavors around for years, Microsoft always has a way of capturing the public's imagination, even when it releases a product that isn't all that original (the case in point is Windows 3.1 and then Windows 95; the MAC OS had done all that GUI stuff years before).

Breaking into the 64-bit market means that Windows XP will run on some of the large, enterprise-size servers built by HP, Compaq, and other server hardware vendors. This means that the proprietary versions of these hardware vendors'64-bit Unix network operating systems might feel a little heat from Microsoft's 64-bit version of Windows.


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