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SearchEnterpriseLinux.com: Red Hat: Debating Enterprise Linux Momentum Futile

Feb 24, 2003, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael S. Mimoso)

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"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..."

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