Replacing High-End Unix With Enterprise Linux? Not so Fast
Nov 25, 2008, 11:34 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Tony Iams hears that refrain from IT executives frequently.
"Companies have had a long-term goal of consolidating all of their
Unix systems onto Linux," says Iams, senior analyst with Ideas
International, Inc. The most oft-stated goal is to adopt
industry-standard technology across the board, and that usually
means Linux running on x86 hardware.
"But Norm Fjeldheim, CIO at Qualcomm Inc., decided to take a
pass a Solaris to Linux migration. The company does use Linux for
some applications, but Fjeldheim's IT team concluded that migrating
its industrial-grade Solaris systems to Linux was a dubious
business proposition. "We're not moving from Sun to Linux. We
haven't been able to make the economic case for it," he says."