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Ch@nnelWeb: Intel's Swope: Linux To Fuel Data Centers

Jan 30, 2001, 17:54 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"CRN Senior Writer Paula Rooney recently spoke with William Swope, vice president of the Intel Architecture Group and general manager of the Intel Architecture Solutions Enabling Group, about his LinuxWorld Expo keynote and the state of affairs for Linux in the commercial realm."

"CRN: What will your LinuxWorld Expo keynote focus on?

Swope: My talk is along the lines of looking at Linux in terms of its economic presence, its coming of age. It's more about Linux being [at the core of] the data center. We believe there's a number of places where the technology has real applicability, and there's some work to be done. This is the place where the Linux community continues to organize and structure in terms of development and deployment and how that's going to reach in and touch a classic customer that's been more reticent to touch those models. My speech looks at Linux in terms of economics and marketing and what's the likely outcome."

"CRN: What is the future of Linux?

Swope: For the next couple of years, it's clearly getting Linux technology to meet more and more of the needs of running the data center and doing back-end computational models in the best interest of those running data centers. In the next two to three years, the economics are clear to Intel: that the data center represents a huge economic opportunity and a lot of people using Unix in that environment today would be eager for an alternative."

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