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SearchEnterpriseLinux: IBM Linux GM: Enterprises Beyond TCO Questions with Linux

Jun 28, 2004, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Enterprise decision makers are more informed now about Linux than when IBM made its billion-dollar commitment to Linux in 2001. As you talk to customers, how have their IT strategies and questions around Linux changed?

"Jim Stallings: Going back a year or so, most large enterprise customers had a Linux strategy, but it was limited to the outer circle, edge-of-network stuff. It was all about total cost of ownership and Unix-to-Linux migrations on the edge of network. Now, it's gone beyond TCO. It's about security, reliability and redeployment of skills, as Unix and Windows moves out and Linux moves in. They want to know how to model their patch management processes, redeployment processes and when to update software..."

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