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NetworkWorld: Linux Storms the Enterprise

Oct 16, 2000, 17:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by April Jacobs)

"At the National Center for Macromolecular Imaging at Baylor College of Medicine, scientists are reconstructing molecular configurations of viruses and developing 3-D models of their structures. Instead of using traditional supercomputers that can cost millions of dollars, Baylor, located in Houston, is using high-end Linux-based server clusters that are much less expensive, yet just as effective. While Linux-based servers are most often used to serve up Web pages, the open source operating system is also making inroads on the high-end."

"...Linux is being tailored to fill many needs in the enterprise and shouldn't be counted out when you're looking for a one-size-fits-all operating system capable of handling multiple enterprise applications, observers say. According to IDC, a Framingham, Mass., research firm, commercial Linux software was the fastest-growing server operating system in the last 12 months, and should continue to be the fastest-growing operating system through 2003."

"Linux NetworX isn't the only company making hay on Linux clustering and its ability to function well as a server operating system. ... Mission Critical Linux offers a high-availability cluster product called Convolo Cluster. ... TurboLinux also has a clustering product called TurboCluster... And earlier this month, VA Linux Systems announced VACM 2.0, the latest release of its VA Cluster Manager software."

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