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Cleaning Out the Closet: What to Do With Those Worn-Out Legacy Systems

Mar 05, 2009, 14:03 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Accumulating a collection of legacy platforms is often the result of growing the business itself. For instance, large organizations with numerous acquisitions and mergers are faced with a Unix farm that has all different types of operating systems rather than a homogeneous situation.

"The older the Unix OS system is, the less secure it is. Unix itself was not designed for the level of security needed today, Libenson said, noting that Unix and Linux are not going away soon.

""The Linux kernel is starting to get stronger now, so you might start to see people migrate to it around 2011. In a lot of cases, Unix still has a slight edge over Linux for processing power. But that gap has really closed tremendously. And Linux machines are less costly," she said."

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