Researchers at the analyst firm Gartner believe that the Unix operating system is “on a path to insignificance” and report that many of their clients have begun to plan a migrations, according to a recent article published by Network World. Analysts report that it may take two to five years for many of these organizations to make the change and others may still be running Unix in 10 years, according to the article.
Experts say that if Unix is replaced, an alternative “operating system or other technology” must be identified as its replacement in the data center, according to the article. Gartner analysts feel, according to the report, that it is this “insight into the future” where its clients are truly struggling. Those in technology know that Linux, Windows and mainframe operating systems are the obvious replacements for Unix but feel that “the tech world will continue as it is now.”
During a recent event, George Weiss, a Gartner analyst, was quoted in the article to say, “What constitutes the OS of the future?” At Gartner’s Data Center Conference, Weiss said, “Can you see a Unix role in those environments?” Weiss predicts, according to the article, that the “OpenStack cloud computing platform, the Hadoop big data framework, and emerging cloud operating systems are increasingly the direction for data centers building massively scalable, big data cloud environments.” A speaker at the Gartner conference, Ron Hughes, CIO of California’s Dept. of Technology, was quoted in the article to say that “California supports every variant of Unix, along with most other systems. As long as his customers want Unix support, Hughes said his operation will provide it“.