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Linux.com: A Linux Success Story

Apr 14, 2001, 22:24 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brenden Bixler)

"...My employer, Company X, decided to incorporate a series of site enhancements based on customer suggestions that would enable us to secure our position as a leading online marketplace for cargo negotiation services. The existing site had been constructed as a proprietary Java application running on Sun Solaris servers and an Oracle database. We were already sold on the portability merits of Java, but wanted to re-write our application using standards-based Java code that included our new functionality. Furthermore, we needed to convert the existing site to a transactional-based website that integrated with Verisign payment libraries."

"Therefore, our reliance on Java and Oracle led to the natural assumption that Sun hardware would fulfill our needs. We purchased an expensive Sun Enterprise 250 server and I assumed the role of system administrator. Our environment consisted of the Apache web server for normal page requests, and the Tomcat servlet engine to serve the JSP / Servlet pages."

"...Actual performance of the environment was disappointing, given the cost of the hardware, and despite existing time allocated towards the Sun equipment, the decision was made to migrate the application to the Linux platform and to return the Sun box. Pricey tech support calls and unforgiving Sparc hardware further contributed to the transition. We selected Red Hat as our distribution based on its support options, acceptance in the enterprise, and its familiarity by most of the techs that we were working with."

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