"Why do businesses buy very expensive proprietary products when
inexpensive open-source alternatives exist? That question troubles
Tony Mancill, who worked for two companies that did just that and,
in doing so, as he relates in this story, made the wrong
"'It's amazing to me how frequently technology decisions are
based upon corporate dogma instead of true cost of ownership or
superior technical functionality,' said Mancill, a volunteer
developer for Debian GNU/Linux and author of Linux Routers: A
Primer for Network Administrators, from Prentice Hall PTR.
"Mancill once worked for a company that had been struggling with
implementing Tivoli as a comprehensive server monitoring system. It
became clear the deployment deadline wouldn't be met. So 'to get
something out there watching the servers, we quickly set up
NetSaint [which is now called Nagios],' he said..."
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