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DEC extends its dominance over IBM in academic computing field

Library Systems Newsletter [May 1987]


A recent University of Texas survey has revealed that the number of academic institutions using DEC equipment in their central computing facilities has increased nearly 80 percent in the last two years. During the same period, use of IBM equipment among the schools surveyed increased 56 percent. Overall, the number of DEC installations on campuses surveyed now top those of IBM by more than three to one, suggesting that despite IBM's dominance in the business sector, DEC equipment is more popular on college campuses. Among the schools surveyed, DEC CPUs numbered 3,661 compared to IBM's 1,034. The other 1,206 CPUs reported on campuses were made by 37 different vendors. The survey lists minis and mainframes that are managed centrally for users throughout the campus. This includes equipment for administrative data processing as well as for student or faculty research applications. The key to the way in which the data were gathered is that the equipment is centrally managed, not that it runs at a particular speed or on a specific CPU. The University of Texas has conducted this survey every academic year since 1978, but only since 1984 have the results been extensive enough to accurately represent the market. In order to include information on smaller installations, the survey includes DEC machines from the level of a VAX-ll/750 and up and all IBM mini- and superminicornputers. DEC MicrovAXes and IBM PCs and compatibles were not included. The numbers represent machines rather than sales and do not necessarily mean that DEC garnered the greatest revenues from its sales to academic institutions.

Among the schools surveyed, DEC equipment is installed at 2,350 universities, 602 comprehensive institutions and 112 four-year colleges. Interestingly, the two vendors are nearly equal among two-year colleges; in fact IBM leads 293 to 276. According to the survey, DEC's greatest strength is at universities with PhD programs, institutions that offer degrees up to the master's level and at four-year colleges. The survey reports that the number of DEC computers in central facilities was 2,040 in 1984, 3083 in 1985 and 3,661 in 1986. For IBM the figures for the same years were 660, 828, and 1,034.

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Publication Year:1987
Type of Material:Article
Language English
Published in: Library Systems Newsletter
Publication Info:Volume 7 Number 05
Issue:May 1987
Page(s):37
Publisher:American Library Association
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Notes:Howard S. White, Editor-in-Chief; Richard W. Boss, Contributing Editor
Company: IBM Corporation
Digital Equipment Corporation
ISSN:0277-0288
Record Number:4303
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Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00