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ZDNet: Linux Server Consolidation Shortcut

Jun 12, 2002, 03:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"I've been saving one of those opinions for a rainy day and, based on news that Hewlett Packard will be integrating VMWare's ESX server into its Proliant line of servers, that day is today. The news story is barely a paragraph long. But, in the spirit of not judging a book by its cover, it shines the spotlight on a much larger question that now deserves an answer; how to put an end to server sprawl and lower your costs through server consolidation.

"If IBM could have its way, it would have you believe that one really good way of solving this problem is by running hundreds, if not thousands distinctly separate instances of Linux on a IBM mainframe. Indeed, this is now possible and the story IBM tells is a compelling one. But the letter that I was saving for a rainy day points out one major caveat to IBM's idea. It only works if you have or can find someone to run your IBM mainframe. Similar to the challenge that Microsoft will have penetrating the data center with Windows, it turns out that good people are hard to find. Worse, when you find them, they're not cheap..."

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