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GartnerGroup: How Broad Will ISV Support for Linux Be?

Feb 08, 2000, 16:57 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by G. Weiss)

"ISVs are not a homogeneous community and will approach Linux support with varying degrees of commitment and enthusiasm."

"Although new announcements of ISV support for Linux appear regularly, many are made by emerging vendors that view Linux as the channel to higher market visibility (e.g., OpenSales' OpenMerchant). However, even large system software vendors like Oracle, IBM and CA have promoted strategies around Linux, since incremental costs relative to large reservoirs of talent (i.e., Unix) are minimal, and missed revenue opportunities are viewed as an even-greater risk. However, mostly absent thus far (with the big exception of SAP), and preventing Linux from becoming a stronger challenger to NT, are the preponderance of end-user packaged-application suppliers (Baan, Lawson Software, PeopleSoft, SAS Institute and numerous others)."

"Bottom Line: A vacuum currently exists in the area of much-needed Linux system management tools for backup and recovery, volume management, file system management, transaction recovery, high availability, SAN architectures, cluster server solutions, performance/capacity management and HSM. In the user application space, ISVs will await more assurance of enterprise acceptance and study the differences in the open-source process, licensing issues and intellectual property issues compared to the proprietary domain before making serious commitments, which on a broad scale will not happen until 2H01 (0.7 probability). Enterprises should not plan migrations or new application architectures requiring deep systems integration on Linux before ISVs and system vendors show firm support for Linux..."

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