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SearchEnterpriseLinux: The Wrong Choice: Farm-Products Chain says Wintel is a Saddle Sore

Sep 04, 2003, 18:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

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"It took three years for Tractor Supply Co. to migrate its IT environment from Unix to Windows on Intel. After the deed was done, it only took a few weeks for the IT staff to realize that Windows was the wrong choice.

"'We saw blue screens of death and got calls in the middle of the night constantly,' said Stevan Townsend, manager of database and BASIS administration for TSC, a nationwide chain of stores that deals in farm and ranch products; the Nashville, Tenn.-based company's 2002 revenue surpassed $1 billion. 'It didn't take us long to realize that Wintel was not the wisest move.'

"TSC's enterprise migration saga started five years ago. Back then, TSC ran Solaris on Sun's SPARC servers. Buying new SPARC servers to accommodate growth was expensive, as was maintaining existing servers and software, Townsend said. The price performance of Intel-based servers appealed to TSC's IT vice president. The team wasn't aware of Linux as an enterprise option at the time, having concentrated on Unix, Townsend said. Also, they didn't look into Linux because the VP was smitten with Wintel..."

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