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SearchEnterpriseLinux: The Wrong Choice: Company Rejects Linux, Learns a Lesson

Mar 18, 2003, 23:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to Michael S. Mimoso for this link. ]

"Charged with implementing an application server that ran on both Linux and Windows 2000, webmaster Joe Sechman immediately chose Linux. Unfortunately, Sechman, who works for a large organization he preferred not to name, couldn't persuade his company's executives to back his choice. Instead, they decided to play it 'safe' with Windows 2000. Then Sechman and his company--which remains anonymous in this Q&A interview--suffered the consequences of making the wrong choice.

"Could you describe the specific instance in which you pitched Linux and it was rejected?

"Sechman: We had an opportunity to run a proprietary application server to power our new J2EE time management application. Fortunately, the app server was 'certified' to run on both Linux and Win2000 boxes. I had enormous reservations [about] running a binary Apache port on Windows; but our support contract included the Apache server. So upper management could relax, but I'm still having trouble buying into it!

"I motioned to run the entire application, minus the bloated app server, on an open-source solution (Apache Web Server with J2EE requests proxied to the Tomcat Servlet Container) that ran extremely well on Linux. This made me feel better, since I could build all of my applications from source code and knew exactly what was going into each server. No bloat, nothing I didn't need, and no surprise dependencies that all of the sudden brought the system to its knees..."

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