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IT-Director: Linux at the Top-end - chasing the Enterprise space

Feb 28, 2000, 16:41 (0 Talkback[s])

"Before we start it is best to agree on what we mean by 'enterprise'. In this context we are talking about a class of applications with very specific characteristics:

  • ...availability levels that equate to virtually no downtime...
  • ...performance and scalability... should be able to support tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of transactions per hour.
  • System security is paramount...
  • ...centrally controlled management of the facilities provided by enterprise applications, as well as the servers and hardware that support them."

Linux may have its feet firmly implanted in the Enterprise, but we would be unwise to say that the operating system currently has all it needs to be used as the basis for enterprise-scale applications. The OS lacks some facilities, particularly in availability, that are accepted as fundamental in this space. However, what we can see is a clear desire to add these facilities, from some of the biggest names in the industry. Big Iron companies such as IBM and Amdahl are putting their full weight behind the OS; companies with a Unix tradition such as SCO and Sun are also (albeit grudgingly) conceding that Linux has a rosy future."

"We expect an evolution in Enterprise Linux usage, not a revolution. It will be driven in part by the growing use of application servers, and the increasing functionality of such platforms. Products from IBM and BEA already run on Linux – as these products displace traditional applications, so does Linux stand a good chance of displacing the operating systems upon which the traditional apps are run."

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