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Open Source Management Software Breaks Into the Data Center

Apr 26, 2008, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Romeo)

"Linux in the data center brings with it a dilemma: more boxes to manage. Traditional IT management tools such as HP OpenView, IBM Tivoli, and CA Unicenter can creep up in cost as the server count increases. With management tools in the picture, the total cost of ownership may actually increase instead of decrease when Linux is brought in.

"'I see CIO's looking at tools that allow them to extend existing core IT systems down to Linux, so they can treat the system like any other already on their network,' explains Steve Merkel, CIO of Denver-based data center Data393. 'If they can deploy Linux within the enterprise, and administratively apply policy to that box just like they apply it to any Windows environment on the network, they would likely explore that option...'"

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