Gabriel Consulting Unveils Key Findings of 2010-11 Unix Server Vendor Research

IT Pros Judge Major Vendors on Technology, Support, and Customer Satisfaction Criteria

BEAVERTON, Oregon June 22, 2011 — Gabriel Consulting Group (GCG), an independent analyst firm, today released key findings of its fifth annual 2010-11 Unix Server Vendor Preference Survey, a report focused on vendor selection trends among 306 enterprise data center managers responsible for data centers of all sizes.

In the “Vendor Face-Off” section of the survey, Unix customers compared the three major vendors, HP, IBM, and Oracle, in the following categories:

  • Performance
  • Technology and Roadmaps
  • O/S Quality, Security, and Maintenance
  • Systems Management, Set-Up, and Integration
  • Services

Customers identified strengths and weaknesses among all three companies. Some of the “wins” for each vendor include:


  • Best Systems Management Suite
  • Best Real-World Manageability
  • Best Professional Services Quality


  • Best Overall Technological Capability
  • Best Partitioning & Virtualization Features
  • Best Raw System Performance


  • Easiest Integration Into Heterogeneous Data Centers
  • Best Operating System Features
  • Greatest Desire to Drive Unix Innovation

“It’s important to note that there isn’t any overall ‘winner’ on these surveys. Customers have unique needs, and they’ll give some factors more weight than others,” said Dan Olds, GCG Principal Analyst. “In this edition of the survey, we again see IBM and HP taking first or second in the majority of categories. IBM dominates the system performance topics along with the overall technology and technical roadmap areas. HP topped both IBM and Oracle on the systems management, real-world manageability, and service categories. Oracle had a few wins but finished behind HP and IBM in most areas.”

GCG is also releasing findings from other sections of the 2010-11 Unix Server Vendor Preference Survey. More information and detailed results are available here. Connect with Dan Olds and GCG on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

About Gabriel Consulting Group

Gabriel Consulting Group is a research, analysis, and consulting firm dedicated to helping clients achieve maximum return on their Information Technology investment.


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