The combined client and server operating systems forecast for the next five years shows a heavy dose of Windows, according to a recent report by International Data (IDC) A key finding of the report shows that revenue from 32-bit Windows client and server platforms has overtaken mainframe revenues, which had held the top position. In the forecast period, which lasts until the year 2002, IDC predicts that Windows NT/2000 server will overtake Novell's NetWare network operating system. Novell will hold the largest installed base on servers until the 2001/2002 period, the company predicts.
Some of the key user trends that will dictate forecast numbers in the coming years will be a focus on the year 2000 and server consolidation. User companies are not expected to make any major changes to their server platforms as they concern themselves with fixing the year-2000 problem.
Companies will also be seeking to consolidate their server processing and systems management to cut remote support costs. IDC foresees partitioning of these large servers into multiple "virtual computers."