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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Vendor Lock-In, Part 3

Jul 16, 2003, 11:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amy Kucharik)

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"How can I take advantage of the services and products offered by proprietary vendors without getting 'locked' in?

"O'Keefe: Design your IT infrastructure so that you aren't limited to using hardware or software from a single vendor. Utilizing Intel hardware with either Windows or Linux, storage area networks based on Fibre Channel, and standards-driven storage products can help avoid lock-in.

"Milberg: You can take advantage of top products by not necessarily buying everything that the proprietary vendor sells. For example, IBM's middleware product works nicely with Oracle as its database engine. You can also run WebSphere on PC platforms as well as RISC machines. I would try to mix things up where I could, to prevent 'lock-in.'

"Greenblatt: One does not get locked in to a vendor when they ensure that the vendor utilizes open standards, and the vendor provides the best possible financial incentive for the use of the product.

"Terpstra: Negotiate a good contract--one that protects you and your vendor..."

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