Linux present in 60% of Windows environments, says Yankee

Linux present in 60% of Windows environments, says Yankee

Summary: Think before you act is essentially the latest advice Yankee Group has for organizations who are integrating Linux into Windows environements.  "To ensure maximum uptime and avoid potentially costly and disastrous network outages, corporate users—from SMBs to the largest enterprises—must address interoperability and integration issues before deployment," said Yankee in a press release.

SHARE:
27

Think before you act is essentially the latest advice Yankee Group has for organizations who are integrating Linux into Windows environements.  "To ensure maximum uptime and avoid potentially costly and disastrous network outages, corporate users—from SMBs to the largest enterprises—must address interoperability and integration issues before deployment," said Yankee in a press release. 

Recommendations include; Perform a thorough inventory of your current and planned network environment; Address current technical service and support issues; Thoroughly research the status of available and planned integration products offered by Microsoft, your specific Linux distribution vendors and third-party ISVs, and; Engage with vendors to ascertain exactly how and when they will address interoperability between Linux and Windows.

Coexist.JPG

Topic: Operating Systems

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Talkback

27 comments
Log in or register to join the discussion
  • Windows present in 100% of Linux environments.

    Is there a point???
    No_Ax_to_Grind
    • Wrong!

      I have seen many corporations that are 100% Linux. Absolutely no Windows.
      IT-sys
      • I may not be a corporation

        but I am a 100% Linux home shop... since I consider my den my office for my side business of migrating people from Windows to Linux or just fixing Windows for them I think I would count!
        Linux User 147560
      • Never seen one. Point them out.

        Where they have no Windows clients at all...
        No_Ax_to_Grind
        • How about Ball?

          http://news.com.com/2008-1082_3-5065859.html?tag=lh
          markjensen
    • What evidence do you have?

      At the very least, I'm quite certain that there are no Windows machines in operation at the FSF (which opposes the use of proprietory software on moral grounds). Chances are that there is a substantial number of other Linux shops where this is the case.
      John L. Ries
      • None

        He's just that confident of Microsoft's monopoly that he just assumes everyone must pay the Microsoft tax. Microsoft assumes that too, which explains why they believe they don't have to work to earn customers. They think the world owes them a living.
        Immanuel Tranz-Mischen
    • Well...

      It's certainly possible to be an all Linux shop, an all Mac shop, or even an all IBM mainframe shop. There are plenty of small shops around that do that. There's a small development shop in town that's all Linux. I bumped into an all Mac shop several years back as a consultant.

      The larger the shop the less likey it is that they will be an all-anything shop. It just doesn't make any sense. No one platform is good at everything.

      Throw all the goof-ball studies into the trash. There are two-sides to every story. An all-Windows shop thinks they're saving money by only knowing one platform. The reality of the situation is they cannot control external systems which are of all varieties. Thus the shop that develops a variety of expertise and knowledge is usually the most flexible and most responsive.

      The server OS market is beautifully fragmented with no majority player. Long live the differences in the operating systems.
      zztong
    • We're 100% Windows Free

      Oakdale Christian Fellowship is 100% Windows free. We run a variety of GNU/Linux distros, (often just testing distros or working on specific projects), and no Mac or Windows.
      evangelinux
  • Pardon my ignorance but...

    ... Does not, "Think before you act..." and "...address interoperability and integration issues before deployment," apply to pretty much anything about anything within IT or, well anything?
    Zinoron
    • Running with scisors

      It's not that planning, etc. aren't necessary. It's Yankee's dire warnings of the horrors that will occur if corporations don't handle Linux like a water balloon full of smallpox virus.
      Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Network Outages?

    My, it does sound like Yankee is still firmly stuck about six or eight years ago when IT management insisted that there should be no Linux machines at all attached to the corporate network.

    They were apparently afraid that one lone Linux box could bring down an entire corporate network, perhaps by contagious open sores.

    That, or they were recalling the early WinNT boxen, which were so "chatty" that they really could saturate a 10 Mb/s network just checking in with each other. Perhaps they thought that the Linux machines would do the same.

    Here's a hint, Yankee: those 60% apparently managed to add Linux machinery without having their grandchildren sprout two heads. It may not be as dangerous as you paint it.
    Yagotta B. Kidding
  • Yankee Group reports

    and a grain of salt... about the same value if you ask me.

    Keep in mind these folks are in Microsofts back pocket.
    Linux User 147560
  • Pretty pie graph

    Here we go again with some horn blower and a graph. We used to laugh about the up time on our Linux boxes when I worked at a mom n pop isp. Linux was the last thing we had to worry about. Our Samba file server was a 166mhz with 64megs of ram and held the greatest up time of all computers on the network. It stored our windows files, backed up Quick books and shared printers. Linux is saving tons of money and work in todays Enterprise networks.
    xstep
  • Trying to get Yankee Group to Talkback

    Great comments everyone. I contacted Yankee's Phil Fersht, the author of the press release, to see if he'd like to join the conversation.

    Chris
    chris jablonski
    • You sure

      that's a good idea? I mean there are some pretty vicious dogs in this pack... he may not make it outta here with all his limbs...
      Linux User 147560
      • true, but its an opportunity to explain

        the value of their research findings they publish to ZDNet readers. Savvy companies with nothing to hide will always set the record straight and offer their point of view in the blogosphere.

        Chris
        chris jablonski
        • No doubt that explains their absence. (nt)

          -
          Immanuel Tranz-Mischen
        • Sooooo

          where are they?
          Linux User 147560
  • What????? The?????

    Your headline and the body of your story don't
    seem to match. While the headline grabbed my
    attention, I must say the two paragraphs that
    followed and your flashy graphs make absolutely
    no connection or point to what your Head line
    said. So What!

    What is your point?
    linux_skynyrd