Linked by Rahul on Thu 23rd Oct 2008 14:25 UTC
Linux ServerWatch writes about the slow but sure death of UNIX by the onslaught of Linux and customers moving from older proprietary UNIX systems to commercially supported open source enterprise Linux distributions. "Linux does have one killer feature that is driving the switch: lower cost. Many companies are discovering Linux to be extremely attractive from a cost perspective. Take the experience of Sabre, a travel company that replaced Solaris with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) running on x86 machines, resulting in lowering costs 90 percent (with a three-fold speed gain to boot). These potential cost savings, which include hardware maintenance costs savings, are not to sniffed at."
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by Codester on Fri 24th Oct 2008 20:02 UTC
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2008-10-24

Sabre probably got most of their cost savings by moving to cheaper hardware. How much of the cost of their old system was for the OS and how much for the hardware? In any event, with OpenSolaris now out, the "Linux cheaper than Solaris" argument goes out the window. The only difference will be who's support contract is more - Red Hat or Sun.

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