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By ladycaspr624 ·
In your opinion, will Windows based servers ever replace the Mainframe? What are some of the arguments for and against this proposition?

Compare Windows 2000 Datacenter Server against UNIX (cost, supported processors, stability etc.)

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by shmaltz In reply to Windows and Servers

In my opinion it will never replace it. Here is a couple of reasons (however, it doesn't mean that Microsoft will not compete on this level).
1. If you need a monster server just for Data storage why would you use a Windows based machine when you can get much better performance for a cheaper price with less overhead using Unix/Lynux (since you can strip down a Unix/Lynux machine to just file sharing it has much better performance, and yes you could modify lynux to run on a mainframe, and I'm sure it has been done).
2. Even if you need database processing power, mainframe are still good solutions for the processing and the Windows machine just comes in on the Interface side, and again since those unix/lynux mainframes are striped down just to do this they work better.
Now for comparing:
1. Windows has much more support out there. But you also have more problems.
2. Someone that knows Unix will almost always be able to fix your problem (since he knows how teh Kernel operates, it isopen source).
3. Windows is more expensive than UNIX.
4. Unix is much more stabile.
5. Unix will operate much more eficient with more processers than Windows.

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