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Dell select Linux to keep enterprise IT costs down

Feb 04, 2009, 20:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David M Williams)

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"Love it or hate it, thin client computing is coming back into vogue. Dell aims to make it cheaper than ever.

"It's remarkable how the world changes. Technology has evolved from green screen dumb terminals wired to mainframes through powerful desktops back to a centralised model where data centres are king again.

"It makes sense to have a data centre; you can store major servers at a co-location facility with unbelievable bandwidth, multi-tiered redundant power supplies and regulated cooling. You can house massive multi-disk storage arrays and expensive tape auto-loaders.

"Of course, the further your users are from their data, the more painful applications and data management become. Whether those damnable pesky Access databases that seem to pop up everywhere, or your payroll application or anything else, you don't want to make users suffer the frustrations of dragging data across WAN links."

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