"Corporate IT has fully embraced Linux and other open-source
products as standard elements in its Internet infrastructure, but
most information technology managers haven't deployed Linux inside
the data center and say they are unlikely to do so in the coming
"So just what will it take for Linux to gain access to the
corporate data center? Right now, Linux lacks several things.
The open-source platform needs the multiprocessor support and large
RAM capacity necessary for major data center operations. It needs
better development tools and packaged applications (those available
today pale in comparison with what's available for Windows and
Unix). And top management needs to warm to the idea that the
open-source operating system can step into a central role in the
"Until that happens, users and analysts say, Linux will remain a
profound technology asset for the Internet but not the
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