A Weakness At The Center
For large businsess, there are now 3 computer companies: IBM, HP and Oracle. IBM markets enterprise systems based on their DB2/CICS mainframes. Oracle markets enterprise systems based on Oracle/Sun Unix servers. In that matchup, IBM will win most Fortune 1000 business for the heart of most critical mission systems. HP needs to compete by offering a unique product not avaialble from IBM or Oracle. That would be the Guardian NonStop PATHWAY/SQL/MP solution as the basis for systems of record and transaction processing. Unfortunately, Compaq and ( later) HP set on a flawed strategy of making NonStop into Unix. This removes NonStops' advantages over Oracle or IBM. Guardian was developed as an improvement to both Unix and HP3000. To make it more Unix compatible involves removing those improvements. This systems devolution should be of concern not only to HP and their customers; but to the wider world that depends on NonStop systems. Everything from Wire Transfer, ACH, Stock trading and the majority of teller machine networks world wide run NonStops. Decreasing their reliability (the reason NonStop were bought into those roles in the first place) may bring sales in the short term; in the long run it is suicidal .