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Internet Week: Living With Linux

Mar 04, 2001, 14:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Leny Liebman)

"Now that many IT shops have accepted Linux, the big challenge is managing the open-source OS."

"Many IT shops have finally accepted Linux, but now they're facing a challenge: how to manage the open-source operating system. This is especially important for larger companies that have to manage Linux servers in conjunction with a broad mix of network resources."

"The problem for these companies is that the economic benefits of Linux can be undermined if the technology ends up exhibiting a disproportionately high total cost of ownership. And that's exactly what can happen if systems administrators have to spend time managing Linux servers separately from other enterprise resources or have to use different tool kits to do so."

"Big companies want to do one-pass administration of thousands of boxes at a time, regardless of which OS those boxes happen to be running," says Aberdeen Group analyst Bill Claybrook. "They don't want to maintain separate tools and teams for Linux management."

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