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Business 2.0: Buying Industrial-Strength Tech on the Cheap

Apr 25, 2002, 20:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dylan Tweney)

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"Five years ago, if you had proposed running some of your company's most critical applications on an operating system originally developed by a longhaired Finnish teenager and given away for free, your IT manager would have laughed you out of his office. That has changed, though, as Linux has become more versatile and powerful (though it's still cheap). In fact, a new version of Linux is suitable for just about anything your company wants to throw at it.

"For the past few years, Linux has been used mostly in Web servers, where it became popular because it's inexpensive, stable, and easily customized. Most companies have multiple Web servers -- sometimes dozens, sometimes even hundreds -- linked up in server farms, and that has made the low cost of Linux even more attractive. If one of those servers goes down, you still have dozens of replacements standing by. That kind of redundancy is a lot harder to achieve with expensive Sun Solaris servers or IBM RS/6000 minicomputers..."

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