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ComputerWorld: IBM Roils Linux Waters

Oct 31, 2001, 12:58 (11 Talkback[s])

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"If IBM gets its way, users will soon be thinking about operating systems the way investors view pork bellies: as mere commodities. The instrument the company will use to make this sea change in IT? Linux.

Enterprise IT managers contemplating a move to Linux say they have much at stake. "We're putting 700 users on a mail system on top of Linux," says Dave Ennen, technical support manager at Winnebago Industries Inc. in Forest City, Iowa. "It's mission-critical."

Ennen's company is in the midst of a major server consolidation effort, taking advantage of Dallas-based Bynari Inc.'s InsightServer groupware application for Linux on an IBM zSeries mainframe. Ennen says the move eliminates the need for 40 Intel-based Windows servers that would have had to be upgraded to Microsoft Exchange and would have required a half-dozen support staff "instead of one or two for the mainframe."

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