2003: Linux comes in from the cold
By Eddie Ho (February 2003)
The year 2002 was not a very good year for IT budgets—which could entail a good year for the cost-conscious Linux® operating system in 2003. No matter how much buzz you've heard about Linux over the last few years, prepare to hear even more in 2003. This once-underground operating system (OS) has graduated from the hacker's toolbox and is ready for a white-collar job at nearly any enterprise.
In this issue of Dell Insight , we discuss where Linux began, where the OS is today, and where it is headed. In our talk with Giga Information Group® Analyst Stacey Quandt, we examine the state of Linux-based server deployments and the tremendous value they can deliver to IT budgets. We also follow Linux on its newest journey into the frontier of embedded operating systems-it seems that some small-device users are enjoying the benefits of Linux daily without even realizing it.
We noted that a major concern about Linux is its ability to handle massive workloads; this issue's article about high-performance computing (HPC) should turn that issue into an open-and-shut case. What about the concern that Linux cannot operate as a highly available platform? We left that question to Oracle® CEO Larry Ellison in our cover story, and we think you'll be intrigued—if not wholly entertained—by what he has to say.
Also in this issue, we continue our examination of resource consolidation. This time, we shine a spotlight on storage consolidation initiatives—which can deliver dramatic cost savings in the data center.
We also share stories of DellTM customer successes—some focusing on IT triumphs using Linux.
As always, we give you the word straight from the mouths of Dell leaders in the Inside Track department. You'll also find information about the benefits of a Dell partnership—this time with VERITAS Software—in our regular Partner Profile department.
We hope this issue provides insights into what kind of year 2003 will shape up to be for IT. In the meantime, send us your feedback. And don't forget to renew your subscription to Dell Insight by returning the enclosed subscription card or visiting us online at www.dell.com/dellinsight.
Have a prosperous 2003!