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As of press time, Microsoft was expected to announce a new NT Server bundle that will reportedly include Wolfpack clustering APIs, Falcon (message queue middleware) and Microsoft Transaction Server. The bundle aims to position NT against midrange UNIX transaction processor systems.
Oracle is spending $2 million to train 1,500 Oracle/NT technical support experts in the United States, Europe, Australia, South America, Japan and China. Global Knowledge Network (http://www.globalknowledge.com.au) will conduct the training classes. Oracle's NT products include the Oracle7 database, Oracle WebServer, InterOffice groupware and various development tools.
Novell is beta testing its next NetWare release, code-named Moab. It includes native IP networking, an updated multiprocessing kernel, memory protection and virtual memory features, and updated client features for Windows 95 and NT. The final Moab release is expected late this year or early next year.
According to a Forrester Research survey, 76 percent of CIOs will continue purchasing both UNIX and Windows NT. Nearly 80 percent of surveyed CIOs believe that running a corporation on one server OS is technically impossible.
Digital Equipment says a whopping 20 percent of PCs it sells are preloaded with Windows NT Workstation. Digital, which sold 1 million PCs last year, says that half of its NT Workstation customers demand version 3.51, rather than the current 4.0 release. Many NT gurus consider 3.51 the most stable version of NT available.