"Linux is driving the commoditisation of the hardware market,
says Richard Voaden, IBM sales manager for Linux.
"'This is good for business because organisations can realise
cost savings through more than just a lower purchase price. The
fact that Linux can be run on a range of off-the-shelf hardware is
driving down costs for business.'
"Voaden says IBM, which now employs 250 programmers to develop
open source software, is seeing the benefits of consolidation of
hardware on the one hand and clustering on the other. He says that
because Linux is suited to run on a range of different hardware,
including lower-end hardware, many companies are seeing significant
benefits from consolidating their distributed environments onto a
single mainframe running Linux..."
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