`Scale up, scale out and kick out the complexity’ â€” This was the pitch of the market leader in corporate Open Source distributions, Red Hat, as it unveiled the latest Enterprise Linux version 5 at simultaneous launch events here and half a dozen other centres worldwide on Thursday.
To achieve this, the company for the first time has harnessed a number of virtualisation features which will allow system managers to run heterogeneous operating systems â€” even `mix-n-match’ older 32-bit applications with current 64-bit tools in the same server and storage space.
“You will see a dramatic reduction in the cost of acquisition and operation,” promised Mr Scott Crenshaw, Red Hat’s US-based Vice-President for Enterprise Linux Platform Business. “The savings could range from tens of thousands of dollars to $100,000 per server.”
New features in the fifth iteration of Red Hat’s Linux flavour centre around beefed-up data centre and database offerings, as well as enhanced tools for high performance computing â€” the burgeoning application in number-crunching mammoths for drug discovery, energy exploration and other scientific quests
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The penguinâ€™s come of age. What began as a battle between proprietary and open source Linux software, started by geeks around the world, isnâ€™t plain tech rhetoric anymore. Itâ€™s now a mainstream commercial platform â€” a technology that enterprises are taking very seriously and looking at as a major cost-effective solution that has scalability and a great future roadmap.
A free software that can be downloaded from the Web, Linux has a source code thatâ€™s open and therefore available for anyone to use, modify, and redistribute freely. Proprietary Unix and Windows operating systems arenâ€™t available for such tweaking.
With the movement getting the support of IT biggies such as IBM, Oracle and Hewlett-Packard, which have devoted many of their engineers to work with the open source movement, enterprises are now showing confidence in adopting Linux. Itâ€™s no more now about getting your software free â€” in India the dominating Linux brands are Red Hat and Suse from Novell.
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