"Linux has proliferated in many enterprises by stealth, entering
by the back door and spreading from the edge to the core of IT
environments. One day IT managers wake up to find that they've
migrated piece by piece to a new enterprise platform and have no
enterprise management system to handle it. After seeing that
situation many times, Altiris Inc. decided to act. In 2003, the
Lindon, Utah-based IT management systems vendor has been aggressive
in developing Linux-only solutions in the server deployment space,
according to marketing and product strategy vice president Poul
Nielsen. In this interview, Nielsen and Michael Wilkinson, Altiris'
senior product manager for infrastructure, discuss why there are
gaps in Linux management offerings, the common mistakes
organizations make when migrating to Linux, and more.
"How do you see the current operating system wars
"Nielsen: The greatest benefit comes when you
have choice, right? We don't see the market going to just one
platform anytime soon. We believe that the market will continue to
be heterogeneous. Also, Linux brings an interesting dynamic to the
market, filling a need for a low-cost enterprise alternative. We
think that Linux will only help the market going forward, because
its open-source nature will allow innovations to occur..."
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