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Enterprise Networking Planet: In Review: Interoperability Headlined 2004

Jan 01, 2005, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"Much of our focus at Enterprise Networking Planet is interoperability. Most network/system administrators and users don't want their infrastructure and data held hostage to a single vendor, and must be able to mix and match according to their needs. There does not yet exist a vendor that is capable of supplying every need, and if there were such a vendor they would get uppity and not treat customers well. So competition and being able to select software and hardware from a variety of sources serves customers best.

"Linux and the Free/Open Source software world continue to lead the interoperability pack. If it weren't for F/OSS, many commercial software and hardware vendors probably wouldn't even try, and many would put all of their energies into vendor lock-in. Interoperability comes in several forms. The simplest to implement is a server that serves all client platforms, like a mail, DNS/DHCP, FTP, NTP, LDAP, orWeb server, or HTTP caching proxy. The clients of these servers don't care what platform the servers run on, as long as they do their jobs..."

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