Microsoft and Unisys show users ‘the way out – or perhaps not

There were red faces in the marketing departments of industry giants Microsoft and Unisys in early April, following embarrassing revelations about – a web site co-developed by the two companies as part of a $25 million marketing push to convince customers to migrate away from Unix and Linux systems. Unix, the site claimed, was inflexible, costly and complex. Subsequently, it emerged that the site ran on web servers powered by FreeBSD, an open source version of Unix, and on a Unix-based Apache web server.

When the news broke, Microsoft and Unisys hurriedly attempted to migrate the site to Microsoft's Windows ISS web server – causing it to crash, and remain unavailable for several days.

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Ben Rossi

Ben was Vitesse Media's editorial director, leading content creation and editorial strategy across all Vitesse products, including its market-leading B2B and consumer magazines, websites, research and...

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