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VNU Net: Sun bitten by Shark and penguin; Telia goes with mainframe Linux

Dec 11, 2000, 14:22 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa Kelly)

"A European telco and ISP has dealt a major blow to Sun Microsystems, kicking out its 70 web hosting servers in favour of one IBM mainframe and Shark storage server, both running Linux. Telia, Scandinavia's largest telco and ISP, will use the system to host and run its business and consumer internet services operations. It is the first European company to deploy a major commercial IT system on Linux."

"Bill Claybrook, research director for Linux and open source software at the Aberdeen Group, said there are "huge savings from a systems management point of view, security and the ability to respond quickly to new customers. Having Linux on S/390 means that there is only one large system to take care of, which almost never goes down," he said. "Telia can create new web hosting sites in minutes rather than hours."

"Another advantage is improved data access and security. "The web servers can access the data in no time because they are both on the S/390. They do not have to access the data over a Lan," said Claybrook."

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