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Linux has a Place in the Enterprise

Feb 16, 2012, 23:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

"Two decades of community development and support have brought Linux into the mainstream as an enterprise-level operating system that?s competitive on every level of computing. Linux hosts workloads of all sizes and types: Web services, databases, applications, network services, file services, virtualization and cloud computing.

"With the notable exceptions of Microsoft?s Hyper-V and Solaris Zones, Linux-based virtualization solutions are the standard in contemporary data centers. And, the world?s largest cloud computing vendor, Amazon, uses Xen virtualization for its services. Though it?s rare outside of Internet Service Provider (ISP) realms, you can run ?Zones? virtualization on Linux too. Zones, containers or jails are a popular method of securely compartmentalizing Linux applications from one another. ISPs use containers to separate users from one another on shared systems for shell access. It?s an effective and secure method of leveraging inexpensive hardware over dozens of users."

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