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x86 Server Standardization Does Not Equate to OS Pluralization

Apr 07, 2010, 13:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

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"The range of hardware you can choose from to run your preferred enterprise OSes is narrowing rapidly. At this rate, it will not be long before you have no choice at all, and when alternatives disappear that offer something different -- lower cost, higher performance, better reliability -- it's bound to be bad news.

"If you're an OS X user, that's already happened: Apple forbids the use of its operating systems on anything but its own hardware (after briefly allowing clones in the mid '90s). It's technically possible to build a "Hackintosh" with OS X running on standard PC hardware, but despite the substantial cost benefit in doing so, the company is not interested in anyone else's bottom line. Apple's attitude, in other words, is if the customer wants lower-cost computer hardware, then the customer is always wrong. This probably goes a long way toward explaining Apple's dismal showing in the enterprise, and its retreat into phones, iPods, iPads and other consumer gadgetry."

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