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SearchEnterpriseLinux: IBM Linux GM Hears Enterprise Linux Story

May 29, 2003, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)

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

"In visiting your Linux customers during your first 100 days in office, what observations can you take away about Linux in the enterprise?

"Stallings: I wanted to visit with 100 customers before I get too deep into the business. I want to hear the needs of Linux users. I am stunned by the velocity of Linux traction. Most of our largest accounts and biggest customers have a Linux strategy. Linux is a very aggressive tool to cut costs and simplify business. Companies are being aggressive moving file, print and e-mail services to Linux on Intel. Those workloads work well, Linux is very reliable there. Customers are also gaining confidence on a security level. The velocity of Linux adoption is extraordinary. There are no customers who are not either evaluating, piloting or using Linux in production.

"What kind of feedback are you hearing from customers?

"Stallings: What they all want to know now as they move out those defined workloads [file, print and e-mail serving] is how they can get to using Linux as a database server and for take-outs of Unix. I think Web serving applications will be the next concentric circle Linux moves into. ERP, CRM and other mission-critical applications are also being piloted and are moving over..."

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