April 19, 2019

Inside the Novell Linux Migration - page 2

Drinking Their Own Champagne

  • October 6, 2005
  • By Brian Proffitt

In their Provo data center, Novell elected to take a phased approach to the migration for their servers. In 2003, the percentage breakdown for the server operating systems fell along these lines:

  • Linux: 6.1%
  • Solaris: 17.1%
  • NetWare: 34.7%
  • Windows: 38.0%
  • HP-UX: 4.1%

In the following year, the numbers broke down to these percentages:

  • Linux: 18.5%
  • Solaris: 11.4%
  • NetWare: 29.1%
  • Windows: 37.8%
  • HP-UX: 3.2%

In 2004, Linux servers increased mostly at the expense of the Solaris, Netware, and HP-UX deployments. Rusek explained that since many applications were still Windows dependent, the total percentage of Windows machines remained nearly constant from 2003 to 2004. Novell, he added, is pressuring its software vendors to provide Linux versions of their software so more Windows servers can be phased. By 2005, some progress seems to have been made.

  • Linux: 29.3%
  • Solaris: 9.5%
  • NetWare: 25.3%
  • Windows: 33.2%
  • HP-UX: 2.7%

By the numbers Rusek revealed, the UNIX deployments are currently the main target of Novell's migration to Linux in the data center, with HP-UX all but completely phased out the door and Solaris not too far behind it. If Novell can use its large customer status to bring about more Windows-to-Linux application ports, then the Windows server numbers will be to decline faster, too.

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