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InformationWeek.com: Vendors Spur Linux On

Feb 12, 2002, 02:01 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul McDougall)
"Linux has long been the perennial bridesmaid of the computing world: Good enough to drive Web servers and other front-end applications, as well as being a favorite with academics, but not steady enough to pair with most companies' critical back-end operations.

Proponents have argued recently that the situation is changing. This year, the open-source operating system may be closer to making big inroads into the enterprise, with a slew of brand-name vendors introducing products and services for advanced Linux-based computing models.

IBM, which got behind Linux about two years ago, says the operating system underpins the future of grid computing, under which all computers inside a company, from desktops to mainframes, are linked by intelligent software that can direct processing power to where it's most needed. The type of load balancing required for such a model will work only in a totally open-source environment, says Ross Mauri, VP for eServer development at IBM. "There's no way of connecting all the heterogeneous systems you would typically find in a corporation into a usable grid," he says."

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