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Underestimating the Mission Critical Role of Linux

Jun 08, 2009, 15:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Rais)

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"Despite a steady stream of research verifying the use of Linux in the enterprise, there are lingering doubts as to the prevalence of Linux in mission critical environments.

"Some industry experts continue to believe that Linux remains an "edge of the enterprise" solution. These IT leaders see Linux relegated to the function of print and web serving, but not used extensively for core applications roles like email, data management, etc.

"A segment of IT leaders still hold the view that Linux is neither prolific in their data centers nor does it run mission critical applications.

"This perspective seems at odds with reality, considering that as far back as 2004 several research firms were reporting the role of Linux in mission critical application environments. Forrester research then showed that "fifty-three percent of the 140 corporate executives surveyed run mission-critical applications on Linux, and 52% choose Linux for new apps.", from their Linux Crosses Into Mission-Critical Apps."

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