Interesting interview with the CVP of Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services on how MS are growing their Internet infrastructure. Historically Windows hasn’t been a great online application/service platform in terms of performance, reliability, security etc; Windows as a server environment just has a much larger foot print than, say, Linux.
Rather, Windows offers a known quantity: affordable staffing, the promise of reliable maintenance contracts, guaranteed support, etc. It’s just a better corporate product.
The Windows Server line has been advancing nicely and is certainly not to be sniffed at, but I hope the challenges facing GFS translate into Microsoft products that can more seriously challenge the Unixes etc as a high-performance server platform.