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InfoWorld: Linux fits in well, but adds costs

Dec 05, 2000, 19:13 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Railsback)

"In this analysis, I examined the business impact of integrating Smallco's network of PCs connected to a Red Hat Linux 6.2 server into Bigcorp, an existing enterprise environment. Smallco is a start-up company with a simple infrastructure."

"I was pleased to find that no expensive third-party tools were needed to integrate Red Hat Linux with the enterprise network, nor did the IT staff at Bigcorp have to make changes to the infrastructure to accommodate Linux. Free tools were available for easily integrating Red Hat Linux into the existing LDAP/Novell NetWare/Lotus Domino environment of Bigcorp. Because Red Hat can fully utilize the LDAP server, no major changes were required by the Bigcorp IT staff. These factors led me to award Red Hat Linux an interoperability score of Very Good."

"In spite of this good news, however, there was a significant impact on IT resources. The support staff at Bigcorp needed to be trained and needed to spend extra time working on the Red Hat server. Although user account data could easily be synchronized using the LDAP server, changes to other services in Red Hat, such as the Samba file-sharing system, required hands-on work."

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