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SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Red Hat's Michael Tiemann: Linux is enterprise-ready

Nov 21, 2000, 12:59 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

"SearchEnterpriseLinux: Some analysts say that Linux technology is not enterprise-ready. Do you think that's true?"

"Tiemann: If you asked the IT 500 today if the Internet is a mission critical component of the enterprise, you'd hear a resounding 'Yes!' Next, ask how many of them are already running Linux for their Internet applications, and you'll find a large percentage are. The fact is that enterprises are already depending on Linux today. Even if Linux is not within their own walls, if they go from A to B on the Internet they're going to pass through an open source interface. That could be Sendmail, which is routing 85 percent of all Internet e-mail, or the Linux OS or the Apache Web server. The real question is what platform is best at doing the computing tasks that are needed to be done today. The answer from users would be 'Linux.' Enterprises are using the Internet. That's an open and shut case."

"SearchEnterpriseLinux: Yet, IT professionals who favor Linux tell me that it is hard to convince corporate executives that Linux is the right OS for their organizations."

"Tiemann: There have been times in the industry when everyone thought the right thing to do was to wear a white shirt and a tie. The shirt-and-tie people look at Linux and say, "How dare these innovative people come in and bring new ideas?" There was the same resistance to changes in manufacturing. How dare the workers on the shop floor suggest how the factory should be run? But, boy, did that work well for the Japanese. Boy, did that work well when we incorporated that process into our production facility. I see the adoption of new ideas as part of an evolutionary process. Red Hat is always delighted when management decides to support the individuals on the front lines, taking their suggestion to use the Linux operating system."

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