Gartner predicts Linux' next target is the data center

Gartner predicts Linux' next target is the data center

Summary: Your Fortune 500 CIOs now have their Talking Points. It's up to Linux advocates to meet them with performance.

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Data Center 1960sIn its latest "Hype Cycle" report on Linux Gartner Group has suggested that the next target for Linux applications should be the data center. (Just to prove I can snark, too, that's the Columbia University data center in the 1960s at right.)

Gartner found that for eight processors and beyond, Linux must demonstrate performance, security and application proof points based on the 2.6 version of the kernel and that the biggest test continues to be whether it can function as a data centre server for mission-critical applications.

Given that IBM is the unquestioned leader in data centers -- Gartner specifically mentions its Websphere application as a center of activity -- you can ask how much of a challenge this is. Much of the pace of change here is really up to IBM, which continues to sell its proprietary Unix, AIX, into data centers.

Beyond this, Gartner has a loud warning for Linux advocates, and Linux skeptics, namely don't believe the hype:

Mainstream business use of Linux is nearing the Peak of Inflated Expectations, where the costs of migration may exceed the cost benefits. This phase is characterised by over-enthusiasm and unrealistic projections when flurries of well publicised activity by technology leaders results in some successes, but more failures, as the technology is pushed to its limits.

All this would be much more interesting to me if Gartner's report indicated any understanding that Linux is a movement based on Unix, not a proprietary technology driven exclusively by IBM or anyone else.

But your Fortune 500 CIOs now have their Talking Points. It's up to Linux advocates to meet them with performance.

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  • Answering your own question.

    You asked:
    Given that IBM is the unquestioned leader in data centers ? Gartner specifically mentions its Websphere application as a center of activity ? you can ask how much of a challenge this [Linux in the data center] is. Much of the pace of change here is really up to IBM, which continues to sell its proprietary Unix, AIX, into data centers.

    You answered:
    All this would be much more interesting to me if Gartner's report indicated any understanding that Linux is a movement based on Unix, not a proprietary technology driven exclusively by IBM or anyone else.

    The price of AIX is...
    The price of Linux is...

    The interest of those controlling Linux in reducing the profits of IBM is...
    Anton Philidor
    • ObQuirk!

      [i]The interest of those controlling Linux in reducing the profits of IBM is...[/i]

      In context, the definition of "controlling" is that they can prevent something from happening.

      So who are you talking about, able to prevent progress with Linux?
      Yagotta B. Kidding
      • A prior exchange...

        ... with a blogger among the leaders of an open source project included my question about the response of the project to the assistance provided by a company.

        I appreciated that the blogger responded to me.
        He said that the company did not control the direction of the project.
        All they did was assure that the hardware products of the contributing company worked well with the software.

        (When I commented that this was a sufficient response, the blogger was annoyed. I've regretted my comment since.)

        Control does not necessarily mean giving orders. It can mean only giving an implied direction to efforts, and having those in charge of the project be considerate of the well-being of the contributor.
        Anton Philidor
  • What a bunch of bull

    " but more failures, as the technology is pushed to its limits."

    so when put to the test and failure seems eminent, the Linux cry babies cry - "the technology is pushed to its limits".
    Hey Paul Murphy's its time for you to go and change their diaper.
    zzz1234567890
    • Pushed to its limits - yeah, right...

      Let's see. Google's search engine technology is powered by Linux. Yep, it's pushed to its limits alright.

      And Top500.org, the listing of the world's top 500 supercomputers? Let's see, uh, the June 2005 list shows 312 of the top 500 running some version of Linux. How many are running a Microsoft OS? Wow - Cornell's Theory Center's entry comes in at #326. See? Windows is vastly better than Linux in the data center. They have a whopping SINGLE entry in the list! Linux is obviously not near as ready, as only 326 of top 500 run Linux.

      Now we return you to your own little world...
      NetArch.
    • Paul didn't write this

      And I just reported what Gartner itself wrote. Actually it was Gartner's British unit. The spelling of centre should have been a giveaway.

      The snarkiness of the writing, even the title "Hype Meter," should also be offered as evidence of the British-ness of this report.

      Oh, and England lost to Northern Ireland in football (soccer) today. Show them for doing such a bum job on this report, right?
      DanaBlankenhorn
  • Who is directing Linux in certain direction???

    Either the article is an accident at work or the author is completely nuts. Linux is not a company, corporation or anything like it. There is no CIOs, marketing directors or anybody else directing Linux anywhere!

    These kind of articles reveal the authors complete ignorance of the subject.

    FYI - Linux has been in the data-canter for years already without anybody telling you!

    The technical staff in data-centers know very well what Linux is and that Linux just works - period!

    So, next time - write something you know abot!
    linseyrockwell
    • Linsey is right

      But it's not just an article. I quoted the release from Gartner itself.
      DanaBlankenhorn
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