Enterprise IT ain’t what it used to be

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