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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linux/Samba Holds its Own (And more) with Win2000

Mar 04, 2003, 23:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"Make any comparison between the reliability, scalability and total cost of ownership (TCO) of Microsoft Windows 2000 and Linux, and someone's bound to object. 'The areas of scalability, reliability and TCO are highly subjective and emotional,' said John H. Terpstra, CEO/President of PrimaStasys, Inc., an IT mentoring and consulting firm, and an Ask the Expert advisor for SearchEnterpriseLinux.com. Even so, Terpstra--co-founder of the Samba-Team--accepted SearchEnterpriseLinux.com's challenge to take an objective look at the performance and costs of file and print serving on Windows 2000 as compared to Linux with the Samba open source file and print server software. In this interview, Terpstra points out why IT shops can overrule any objections made by Microsoft.

"IT shops want to know if Linux and Samba can match the scalability of Microsoft's Windows 2000 and its print and file servers. Can the Linux/Samba team make the grade in enterprise environments?

"Terpstra: Every system has inherent design limitations that become its bottleneck. Generally speaking, the slowest component that is involved in the services being evaluated will be the primary limiting factor in the benchmarks obtained. Workloads that are used to measure scalability should be reflective of the type of work that the file server will be expected to handle..."

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