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CRN: Rebel With a Cause -- CA Throws Support To Linux

Jul 26, 1999, 15:49 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Burke)

"Computer Associates International Inc. is making an aggressive play for the Linux market with a move expected to save customers thousands of dollars."

"The Islandia, N.Y.-based vendor is introducing three Linux products, including a version of its flagship Unicenter TNG product, with a blockbuster 90-day introductory offer that forgoes licensing fees."

"VARs here at CA-World '99 said the open-code operating system is taking hold, the opportunity is ripe and CA's move is going to speed up the momentum for Linux in the enterprise."

"'Linux is definitely taking off,' said Niten Ved, president of NetCom Systems Inc., Metuchen, N.J. 'We know of one client, a mid-Atlantic utility company, that has a few thousand Linux boxes and would like to manage them. This CA announcement is critical to getting them the help they need without writing custom agents.'"

"The VAR has about 25 clients running Linux, and its profit margin on Linux products and services is 15 percent higher than on Windows NT, he said."

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