Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2006 15:54 UTC, submitted by flanque
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Marking what could have been a summer-long hiatus in its 'Get the Facts' campaign, Microsoft is re-igniting the flames on the argument over whether enterprises spend less to manage Windows systems than Linux systems. This morning, the company touted a study it commissioned from independent analyst Mercer Management Consulting, which made the case that companies that implement migration programs away from UNIX systems based on the need to adopt new applications - what Mercer calls 'transformational migrations' - now tend to choose Windows over Linux." I just bought some salt, now I can put it to good use.
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RE[4]: Don't forget support
by The1stImmortal on Wed 27th Sep 2006 03:13 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Don't forget support"
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2005-10-20

The thing that makes this MS study, if not ludicrous (sp?), then irrelevant, is that what the costs and benefits are for a given situation is highly dependent on the specifics of that situation. In other words, the MS proprietry route is appropriate for some environments, the OSS/Linux route is appropriate for others. A heterogenous solution is appropriate for yet others.

If the original poster in this thread finds that Microsoft servers and support are better in the situation he works in, then so be it. If it so happens that for his particular situation, it would be far to expensive and/or too much work to both migrate to and maintain a RH infrastructure, so be it. Noone here but him can ever know the full details of the situation and therefore he is the only one qualified to make that call. If it works, it works.

On the other hand, if for someone else, using a customised linux solution is the best way forward, good on them. They're getting what they want the way they want it.

No large organisation is seriously going to base its decision purely on a study like this anyway. They'll do their own internal study, perhaps approach the vendors to see what their best offers are, and decide themselves. Or they'll keep doing "what we've always done", whatever that may be (admittedly, this inertia tends to favour Microsoft).

Edited 2006-09-27 03:22

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