Two good / related stories about whether Microsoft has really built a Windows Server System ready for the enterprise...

is Windows Server truly ready to supplant Unix as a mission-critical operating system and is SQL Server ready to replace Oracle or DB2? Well, not really, according to even some of Microsoft's own staunchest supporters speaking privately. ...
"Microsoft has become arrogant and political," said one Boston-area Microsoft partner. "They all think they're geniuses," he grumbled, adding that some people at the top may fit that description but most of those in the trenches are "ordinary at best."   The simple fact is, for better or worse, Microsoft is huge now and with size comes fiefdoms. The problem is that with Microsoft intoning its "integrated innovation" message every chance it gets, it must get those groups to actually work together and not,as has happened in the past,sabotage each other. Going from clandestine but bitter turf wars to proactive collaboration is not easy.
Link: CRN: The whole shebang >
IBM is pointing all its guns at Microsoft, including Linux and its middleware offerings, in a bid to prevent the company from moving deeper into the enterprise. ...
IBM Vice President Scott Hebner said the differences between the two vendors are "stark," noting that partners have a "lot to lose" if they commit to Microsoft's scattershot midmarket effort rather than IBM's sharply focused vertical industry go-to-market strategy. ... Partners and ISVs are going to have to make a fundamental strategic decision on whether to partner with IBM or Microsoft in the midmarket, he said.
Link: CRN: IBM revved up for showdown >

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