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CMP Network Computing: Furniture Chain Remodels Servers with Linux

Mar 04, 2002, 13:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kelly Jackson Higgins)
"Moving to the new Linux-based IP network over the past year was a major transformation for the Syracuse, N.Y.-based Raymour & Flanigan, which has nearly 50 stores in the Northeast. The IP-and-frame relay WAN replaced the company's old leased lines, and Linux runs the firewall, database, DNS/DHCP and POP mail servers for the new IP infrastructure.

Brian Dewey, the network engineer for Raymour & Flanigan who spearheaded the Linux decision, considers Linux a liberating alternative to Microsoft Windows and Novell NetWare. "We don't have to worry about licensing or pay an upgrade fee for the next version," he says.

When Dewey first joined the company a year ago, he and his team were able to recycle some of Raymour & Flanigan's older server and PC hardware to get the firewall and DNS/DHCP servers up and running quickly on the company's Red Hat Linux. "We used old PCs and retired servers to get these services installed and running, and to help management understand their usefulness," Dewey says. It was easier to put Linux, rather than another operating system, on the older 486-based machines, because you can custom-compile the kernel without a CPU-intensive graphical user interface, he says. Raymour & Flanigan now is upgrading those processors to Pentium-class machines, Dewey says."

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