Linked by David Adams on Thu 3rd Mar 2011 20:23 UTC, submitted by Amy Bennett
Hardware, Embedded Systems IDC's newest survey of server vendors shows boxes running every kind of operating system -- except Unix -- sold more during the last three months of 2010. Sales of Linux servers rose 29 percent; Windows rose 16.8 percent, but most surprisingly, sales of mainframes shot up 69 percent " the highest growth rate IDC ever found on mainframes.
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I can pick third variable in this not-so-simple equation - cost. If you were to buy hardware (with or without software) you have to be perfectly aware what's going to run on top of it. If you are not sure, just buy a Dell appliance, for example, R710, and install whatever you wish on it - Red Hat, Novell suite, MS or even Solaris. That's a good deal in terms of price. Sun and IBM have nothing to offer against it, again price-wise.

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