Linux starts to take a more central IT role
Source: LinuxWorld - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Security "It's as deep as it will get for us. It's what we're betting the data center on," said Jon Fraley, a Linux administrator at Glen Raven. In December, the Glen Raven, North Carolina-based textile manufacturer finished moving mission-critical Oracle databases from an aging 24-CPU Hewlett-Packard server running Unix to four-way HP servers that are based on Intel Xeon processors and run Red Hat's Linux distribution.

Reports that once took five to six minutes to produce are now ready in 30 seconds, Fraley said. He noted that the replacement servers cost less than the support fees for the old hardware. The Linux-based hardware "proved itself," he said, adding that more Linux servers are on the way for a disaster recovery site.

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