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ITBusiness.ca: Linux: Navigating the Road Ahead

Jan 22, 2004, 00:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Poonam Khanna)

"Like many IT managers today, Jean-François Lévesque is giving serious thought to Linux. Though Linux has long been accepted in the enterprise space at the edge of the network for Web servers, firewalls and the like, it's starting to broaden its horizons and take on new roles. Linux is finding its way onto the data centre and is even making some inroads into the desktop. Lévesque wants to explore the possibilities that lie ahead for Linux, but he's reluctant to move forward too quickly. The senior director of IT for Galileo Genomics Inc. in St. Laurent, Que. has decided caution and careful testing is the smartest path. And he's begun testing Linux on some non-critical databases. The mission critical data, however will stay where it has always been, on its Sun Solaris box.

"And this is exactly what all IT decision makers should be doing, with respect to Linux, says Ted Schadler, principal analyst for Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass..."

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