Enterprise IT” vendors are in the midst of an identity crisis, and Linux is to blame.
Want proof? Just look at some recent news announcements: Not only is the erstwhile uber-proprietary Sun Microsystems selling Intel- and AMD-based servers, it has also snapped up open source giants like MySQL. That’s quite a shift from a year ago, when Sun seemed almost ashamed of its Linux success.
Next, consider IBM, with its Linux-on-mainframe initiative. Big Blue recently took this approach a step further and announced Lx86, a virtualization technique for running — you guessed it — native Linux on its traditional System p Unix boxes.
Not to be left out, Hewlett-Packard is also singing the praises of Linux and open source, with its new FOSSology tools for managing open source software and licenses.
These are just a few examples. Meanwhile, in a parallel universe, Web 2.0 companies are busy redefining the very notion of “enterprise IT,” but one thing is clear: Linux is pervasive there as well.
> Sun, MySQL users ponder blockbuster acquisition: http://go.techtarget.com/r/2996424/82182
> Sun Microsystems, the begrudging Linux vendor: http://go.techtarget.com/r/2996425/82182
> Low-cost Linux revives IBM mainframe (again): http://go.techtarget.com/r/2996426/82182
> HP ferrets out open source software: http://go.techtarget.com/r/2996427/82182