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Has the World outgrown Commercial UNIX?

Jan 21, 2012, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Hess)

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"When you read articles about cloud computing or Enterprise computing, you rarely see the term 'UNIX' anymore. You see plenty of rhetoric about Linux and Windows but UNIX seems to have left the building, for good. And, by 'building,' I mean data center. However, that's not the case. UNIX is alive and well in the world's Enterprise data centers. It just doesn't grab headlines like it used to. Does the fact that UNIX isn't a newsworthy buzz term mean that it's on its last legs as an Enterprise operating system. Certainly not. Commercial UNIX might have lost its 'coolness' but it hasn't lost its place running your business-critical applications and services.

"Enterprise-level UNIX systems still rule the data center for the big workloads, the big databases and Big Data.

"When selecting an operating system for your critical business needs, what do you look for? Reliability, availability, stability, versatility, virtualization, scalability, affordability, sustainability, supportability and sheer ability are terms that come to mind on which to judge an operating system. Plus you need a company behind the operating system that employs experts who understand the critical nature of your business. That's the lure of commercial UNIX. That's the decision point for many businesses: Support."

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