ConsultingTimes.com: Critical System At Risk: Does Linux on the Mainframe Provide a Way Out?
Jan 11, 2002, 05:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen E. Harris)
"You can't go to the moon in a hot air balloon.
Equally unwise are the regular attempts to float massive e-mail
and collaboration systems from over-inflated racks of Exchange
servers. In our overview of this problem, E-mail in the Enterprise,
we noted three points of danger to any enterprise embarked on this
mode of message transport:
The solution, in two words, is "server consolidation". We can
expect to see centralizing forces, led by Linux on IBM, actively
engage Microsoft's immovable objects, encircling this valuable
- The low-profile, jerry-built Exchange networks in place today
fail to provide the mission-critical security and reliability
routinely expected of large mainframe systems running Linux.
- There is no central repository, where information can be mined
to competitive advantage.
- Exchange servers are totally incapable of handling the
explosive growth in messaging volume that most enterprises are now