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Enterprise Linux Today: In Context: Linux to Reach Critical Mass in 2001?

Nov 29, 2000, 09:10 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Wolley)

"Deployments are "where the rubber hits the road" with Linux. When a company takes the risk and commits its resources to a Linux-based system to perform "mission-critical" business functions, that is, ultimately, the only sort of benchmark that really counts in the business world."

"A large portion of proprietary software purchased by businesses is not acquired directly from the company that produces the software. It is acquired through a "sales channel" ("the channel" in sales and marketing parlance), which consists of value-added resellers (VARs) and independent software vendors (ISVs). The vast majority of VARs and ISVs today are geared up to work with Microsoft Windows, applications, and developer tools. ... This is where IBM's initiative to package its enterprise Linux applications in a bundle for small businesses at a bargain basement price comes in. The drastically reduced pricing isn't intended to attract the small and medium size businesses that need the software -- it's to attract the VARs and ISVs who service those businesses!"

"So about a year from now, around the end of 2001, these two trends should converge. ... As the details of successful Linux deployments are reported -- in conferences, in the trade press, and in the market research of Gartner Group and similar organizations -- and the reports are along the lines of "we did it, it works great, and we saved $22 million in the first year," the question asked by IT managers starts to shift. It shifts from "can Linux do it?" to "how can we get Linux to do it here?" And about that same time, the VARs and ISVs newly geared up to support Linux should be able to provide plenty of answers -- along with all the Linux companies, and the big commercial vendors like IBM."

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