"Scalability used to be the straw that broke Linux's back.
That's not the case anymore, according to Matt O'Keefe, CTO of
Sistina Software Inc., in Minneapolis, Minn. 'With a Linux cluster,
an IT shop can design the system from the get-go so that it can
handle very large amounts of data,' he said. From 1990 to May 2000,
O'Keefe taught and performed research in the areas of storage
systems and parallel simulation software at the University of
Minnesota. Unable to find a storage solution for the complex data
they were gathering, he decided to create one himself using Linux
clusters and storage area network (SAN) technologies. He founded
Sistina, a storage infrastructure company, in 1997. In this
interview, O'Keefe and Joaquin Ruiz, Sistina's marketing and
product management vice president, discuss why Linux is a viable
and scalable enterprise platform and describe the strengths that
resulted from pairing Linux and SANs.
"Why do you think that Linux is gaining acceptance as an
"O'Keefe: Look at technologies making
enterprise Linux really happen. The Linux 2.4 release is a
base-level server operating system that can cover a fair number of
bases in the enterprise. Also, Linux and Intel have become a great
team. In Intel PC server hardware, the industry continues to offer
bigger and better processors. That's why recent studies have shown
that Intel server revenues are now exceeding revenues of customized
Unix systems built on RISC systems..."