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SearchEnterpriseLinux: The Wrong Choice: Two Tales of Proprietary Software Woe

Aug 15, 2003, 10:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

[ Thanks to js61351 for this link. ]

"Why do businesses buy very expensive proprietary products when inexpensive open-source alternatives exist? That question troubles Tony Mancill, who worked for two companies that did just that and, in doing so, as he relates in this story, made the wrong choices.

"'It's amazing to me how frequently technology decisions are based upon corporate dogma instead of true cost of ownership or superior technical functionality,' said Mancill, a volunteer developer for Debian GNU/Linux and author of Linux Routers: A Primer for Network Administrators, from Prentice Hall PTR.

"Mancill once worked for a company that had been struggling with implementing Tivoli as a comprehensive server monitoring system. It became clear the deployment deadline wouldn't be met. So 'to get something out there watching the servers, we quickly set up NetSaint [which is now called Nagios],' he said..."

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