Today’s workstation market has lost virtually all ties to its early roots, with all of the market’s robust growth now coming exclusively thanks to products derived from independent hardware vendors (IHVs) Intel, Nvidia and AMD. Almost completely absent is the traditional proprietary workstation (TPW) of yesteryear, the RISC/Unix client built and supported by one of a handful of big-iron vendors, most notably HP, SGI, Sun, DEC and IBM.
In the third quarter of 2007, the PC-derived workstation – built on x86 and Windows or Linux – accounted for an overwhelming 99% of units, while the TPW segment lost yet another player.
With only Sun and IBM holding out, proper UNIX workstations would appear to be all but dead. Good thing they tend to last forever ;-)