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Replacing High-End Unix With Enterprise Linux? Not so Fast

Nov 25, 2008, 11:34 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert L. Mitchell)

"Tony Iams hears that refrain from IT executives frequently. "Companies have had a long-term goal of consolidating all of their Unix systems onto Linux," says Iams, senior analyst with Ideas International, Inc. The most oft-stated goal is to adopt industry-standard technology across the board, and that usually means Linux running on x86 hardware.

"But Norm Fjeldheim, CIO at Qualcomm Inc., decided to take a pass a Solaris to Linux migration. The company does use Linux for some applications, but Fjeldheim's IT team concluded that migrating its industrial-grade Solaris systems to Linux was a dubious business proposition. "We're not moving from Sun to Linux. We haven't been able to make the economic case for it," he says."

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