With the release of OS/2 Warp Server, IBM has taken another step forward
in the network operating system (NOS) race. In comparison to former LAN
Server versions, IBM's inclusion of a cornucopia of management tools is a
bold move by IBM to redefine just what network managers expect to find in
IBM's highly reliable, highly available, and highly serviceable
high-performance Warp Server network operating system has two main
competitors, Microsoft's Windows NT Server 4.0 and Novell's NetWare 4.1.
A blue ribbon group of IBM system engineers was invited to investigate
these products and render an informative comparative analysis of their
functions, features, and usability.
The goal of this examination was to produce a redbook designed for all
kinds of readers. Whether you are an experienced network administrator of
one platform who needs an overview of other network operating systems, a
support person, office guru, or repair technician who might need more
information about a particular network operating system, or just someone
who is involved in network-related discussions as a sales person,
consultant, or decider, you will find a lot of information about the three
major Intel-based network operating systems, how they differentiate from
each other, and how they interoperate with each other.