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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Maturity Makes Linux Less of a Gamble for the Enterprise

Oct 03, 2003, 17:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"More enterprises have been less reticent to gamble on Linux during the last 18 months. Once solely a perimeter infrastructure play, Linux is now finding its way onto mission-critical database transaction servers, high-performance computing clusters and even the desktop.

"Not so coincidentally, Linux's surge in the enterprise has paralleled the poor economy. Enterprise decision makers have been willing to put aside their proprietary tendencies and embrace Linux's costs, reliability and stability.

"'I think you'll see Linux start to take over some backend database management systems first, then as more ISVs (independent software vendors) move applications to Linux, you'll see Linux move more and more into data centers,' said Bill Claybrook, research director Linux and open source for Boston-based analyst firm Aberdeen Group. 'Linux scales more than enough now. It's a matter of users requiring ISVs to move more applications onto Linux...'"

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