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Linux Cost Savings Add Up - page 3

Right Up Front: The License Savings

  • October 6, 2003
  • By Allen Bernard

"If you're only reason for going is licensing, then you're not making a complete business decision," he said.

Mike Balma, HP's Linux business strategist, probably would agree with Whitmore. While, Linux is a stable operating system showing great promise in enterprise business environments, there is still a lot of organization that needs to take place before a changeover occurs.

"Anytime you look at how much money this is going to save me, well, it depends on is it a web server, or a database server or a supercomputer," he said. "Each of those is going to change the equation as to whether you're saving on hardware or the operating system or the application around it or maintenance."

But, Balma maintains, cost savings are reasonable to expect even if a company does nothing more than run its database on Linux. Comparing Linux running on an Intel Web server versus Sun's Solaris platform with its proprietary chips, for example, Balma estimates a company could expect twice the performance at half the cost.

"One of the top value propositions of Linux is it runs on commodity Intel hardware," agreed Leigh Day, manager of Corporate Communications at Linux services provider Red Hat.

Citing Forrester research, Day said the four main areas people save money using Linux are on licensing fees, lower support and maintenance costs, the price of commercial software compared to open source programs like Apache Web server, and hardware.

"What Linux does is give you the performance and control you gained with Unix but you get it at the price point you want," said OSDL's Witham.

[Note: This article orginally appeared on CIN. -ed.]

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