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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linux Topples College's IT Tower of Babel

Sep 10, 2003, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Two years ago, Anthony Hill found an IT Tower of Babel in the data center of San Francisco-based Golden Gate University. The technology architecture--which served 1,000-plus desktops, 6,000-plus staff and student users and 50,000-plus directory identities--contained almost every software platform and hardware system extant. 'Everything except a mainframe,' Hill said. As the institution's new chief technology officer, he was charged with creating order in this chaos and restructuring the data center to facilitate GGU's goal of operating as efficiently an e-business.

"Linux is playing a key role in GGU's move from hetero to homogeneity. In this two-part interview, Hill describes the process of making platform and application decisions and the pleasant and unpleasant surprises he's encountered during the implementation. In this installment, he explains how GGU created an IT jumble, why Linux won him over and how he persuaded GGU to use Linux..."

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