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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Data Center Barriers to Linux are History

Aug 08, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

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

"Enterprises have leapt all the barriers to Linux adoption in the data center and are focusing on practicalities, according to Linuxcare Inc. CEO Avery Lyford. Lyford, a speaker at this week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, said that enterprises finally began deploying Linux this year after running pilot programs last year. It's been a stark evolution since 2001, when enterprises were gun-shy about Linux. In this interview, Lyford offers some answers to this year's top question as he discusses how to make Linux work in the data center.

"Today, what are the perceived and real barriers to deploying Linux in the data center?

"Lyford: In 1998, Linuxcare started out by saying, 'The big obstacle to Linux adoption is support.' Then, we ended up doing a bunch of work for OEMs, like IBM and HP. Now, commercial companies have gotten on board with supporting their Linux customers and [saying] that Linux is an equal, if not more equal OS to Windows or Solaris or HP-UX or AIX. So we're past that old obstacle..."

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