"More enterprises have been less reticent to gamble on Linux
during the last 18 months. Once solely a perimeter infrastructure
play, Linux is now finding its way onto mission-critical database
transaction servers, high-performance computing clusters and even
"Not so coincidentally, Linux's surge in the enterprise has
paralleled the poor economy. Enterprise decision makers have been
willing to put aside their proprietary tendencies and embrace
Linux's costs, reliability and stability.
"'I think you'll see Linux start to take over some backend
database management systems first, then as more ISVs (independent
software vendors) move applications to Linux, you'll see Linux move
more and more into data centers,' said Bill Claybrook, research
director Linux and open source for Boston-based analyst firm
Aberdeen Group. 'Linux scales more than enough now. It's a matter
of users requiring ISVs to move more applications onto
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