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ComputerWorld: Motorola Claims 'Five Nines' Availability for Linux Servers

Mar 14, 2000, 17:27 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn)

"Motorola Inc. last week said it could obtain 99.999% uptime for Linux-based servers. But according to analysts, this doesn't mean Linux is ready to tread in Unix's footsteps as a server for mission-critical applications."

"The servers have hot-standby backup CPUs, and Motorola has ported some of its high availability software from AIX, IBM's version of Unix, to Linux. The company has also modified the Linux kernel to support hot-swap Peripheral Component Interconnect and intends to offer these modifications to the open-source community."

" 'It's fairly brave to claim five nines for Linux,' said Tony Iams, a senior analyst at D. H. Brown Associates Inc. in Port Chester, N.Y. But Iams also said five-nines claims have often been poorly backed up and are sometimes little more than marketing ploys."

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