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IT-Analysis: The Man from Oracle, He Say "Yes" to Linux 2.4 Kernel

Jan 12, 2001, 16:51 (6 Talkback[s])
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"Linux 2.4 hit the streets last week in a positive tidal wave of understatement. Now with a similar degree of underhype Oracle has announced that its products will support the new operating systems with immediate effect. The speed of the support announcement clearly indicates that Linux is serious news, but is it yet a serious business contender?"

"Big companies need to be certain that any business critical system that they run can be efficiently managed and will receive the support that they both expect and require. "24 x7" applications are now de rigeur; they are not an option. It has been a combination of the performance and scalability questions, application availability coupled with the perception of a "lack of support" that has thus far limited the impact of Linux in the commercial world. But now though it looks as if all of these factors may be moving forward. The operating system release addresses the performance questions whilst Oracle is simply the first amongst the major software vendors to announce support for its applications in the new environment. On the issue of support, recent announcements of serious Linux support services by the likes of IBM have given the platform a gigantic boost. Once a wide range of applications become available the only serious inhibitor to corporate exploitation of the platform, at least on the server side, will be the availability of trained staff and selection of Linux vendor."

"Will Linux now enter the mainstream arena? The answer, of course, is that there has already been growing use of the environment in certain niche areas. Whether this penetration will now spread widely will depend, crucially, on how customers see their IT infrastructures developing. After all, no one is going to want to support yet another operating system unless there are significant business benefits to be obtained. ... The next twelve months will be decisive in determining the future impact of Linux on the world. Either widespread usage awaits the platform or perhaps a lingering stagnation. Any bets?"

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