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Bloor Research: Linux - Enterprise Ready?

Jan 29, 2003, 22:00 (15 Talkback[s])

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"You may remember that just three years ago, Bloor Research published a report concluding that Linux was not yet ready to support large enterprise applications. Bloor Research North America recently completed a follow-up study looking at the Linux of today and its enterprise-readiness. After examining Linux scalability, availability, reliability, security, manageability, flexibility, as well as server consolidation characteristics, Bloor Research believes that Linux is now enterprise ready. Here are the findings that led to this conclusion:

  1. "At present, Linux scales well vertically to 6-way SMP on Intel hardware. But, over the next three months, expect to find Linux 2.5 scaling to be backported into Linux 2.4 kernel distributions (allowing for 8-way scaling). The next major revision (Linux 2.6) will provide up to 16-way scaling in about a year.
  2. IBM can scale Linux on its zSeries mainframe using virtual machine technology--ideal for server consolidation purposes..."

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