"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
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."