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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Altiris: Admins Managing Linux Have 'Tiger by the Tail'

Jul 31, 2003, 11:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

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

"Linux has proliferated in many enterprises by stealth, entering by the back door and spreading from the edge to the core of IT environments. One day IT managers wake up to find that they've migrated piece by piece to a new enterprise platform and have no enterprise management system to handle it. After seeing that situation many times, Altiris Inc. decided to act. In 2003, the Lindon, Utah-based IT management systems vendor has been aggressive in developing Linux-only solutions in the server deployment space, according to marketing and product strategy vice president Poul Nielsen. In this interview, Nielsen and Michael Wilkinson, Altiris' senior product manager for infrastructure, discuss why there are gaps in Linux management offerings, the common mistakes organizations make when migrating to Linux, and more.

"How do you see the current operating system wars playing out?

"Nielsen: The greatest benefit comes when you have choice, right? We don't see the market going to just one platform anytime soon. We believe that the market will continue to be heterogeneous. Also, Linux brings an interesting dynamic to the market, filling a need for a low-cost enterprise alternative. We think that Linux will only help the market going forward, because its open-source nature will allow innovations to occur..."

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