"...Themestream's engineers evaluated the Solaris operating
system running on Sun servers. After conducting a series of
price/performance comparisons, Themestream selected VA Linux
solutions for its superior reliability and financial benefits. "We
wanted to avoid costly licensing fees required by other vendors,"
said Cedeno, "with the Linux open source model, we can scale our
systems at a much more economical rate."
"After adopting Linux as its operating system, Themestream
immediately turned to VA Linux to supply the Linux hardware and
services necessary to develop its infrastructure. Its streamlined
systems and Linux expertise made VA Linux the logical choice for
Themestream. "To accurately adjust our systems capacity to rises in
site traffic, we decided to scale our Web site using ultra dense
2U, dual processor servers," said Cedeno, "VA's streamlined yet
proportionately more powerful systems, were a perfect fit for our
"As well as considering a Solaris deployment, Themestream
briefly considered using a Microsoft solution. However,
maintenance, performance and cost issues quickly discouraged
further investigation. Although Themestream did not run a
detailed cost analysis against the Microsoft platform, they
estimate that the Linux solution provided a 50% cost saving.
Themestream's initial server deployment cost approximately
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