"The days of defending Linux momentum in the enterprise may
rapidly be coming to a close. Red Hat executive Mark de Visser gets
to the heart of the matter with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, pointing
out that moving from a proprietary Unix system to Linux on Intel
results in '10x price-performance improvements' in many cases. De
Visser covers more in this question-and-answer interview,
specifically the inhibitors to Linux adoption in the enterprise,
Red Hat's focus on certain vertical markets, customer demands and
the maturation of the open-source platform.
"What is the general tone of conversations you have with
potential enterprise customers regarding Linux?
"de Visser: Nobody's debating Linux momentum in
the enterprise. A year ago, I was having to defend myself saying
this is a happening thing. There are the obvious drivers like the
cost benefits of moving from proprietary Unix on expensive machines
to an Intel platform. We routinely see customers realizing 10x
price-performance improvements. That's on the low end of the scale
in many cases. It's easy doing business that way..."