"Dan Blanchard, vice president of enterprise operations at
Marriott International Inc., is serious about Linux. He says his
company's transition from high-end Unix-based systems from
Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM is ongoing -- and inevitable. "We're
migrating, and we have a strategy to continue deployment of Linux,"
"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, an analyst at research firm
Ideas International Ltd. The companies want to consolidate on
industry-standard technology across the board, he says, and that
means Linux running on x86 hardware."