In today's challenging business climate, IT planners and managers are continuously seeking creative ways to enhance service levels and drive cost reductions, without unnecessarily disrupting their end users. To this end, many forward-looking organizations are revamping IT infrastructure and deploying virtualization solutions and private cloud services to improve business agility and cut expenses.
Many of them are aligning themselves to IDC's 2014 predictions by consolidating resources and investing in cloud, mobile and big data capabilities in order to achieve this lofty goal.
Alongside this push, these same organizations often operate mixed IT environments, using Windows platforms for office productivity applications, while simultaneously deploying a standards-based Linux platform, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, for web and IT infrastructures. While seemingly flying in the face of increased complexity and costs, this "two-headed" strategy can actually deliver significant business benefit.
Keeping up with business trends
To stay as nimble as possible, many enterprises are instituting cloud computing and virtualization initiatives to enhance business agility and to curtail capital equipment and operating expenditures, deployments that are greatly benefited by a Linux platform backbone.
By consolidating workloads and virtualizing resources through Linux while keeping business users in their comfortable Windows-based environment, businesses can reduce operational costs, while creating a more dynamic, services-based infrastructure to support IT initiatives such as legacy UNIX and RISC migration projects and big data and analytics programs.
An ideal platform for the modern datacenter
This is leading many Windows-based shops to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for datacenter modernization initiatives, as standards-based Red Hat Enterprise Linux meets stringent performance and reliability demands at significantly lower cost than a proprietary operating system and integrates extremely well with existing Windows-based deployments.
With the IT evolving at a rapid pace, a dual-platform strategy just makes sense for the modern enterprise. Using existing closed source deployments means continuity of operations, while many Linux-based platforms, like Red Hat Enterprise Linux, are easily integrated with existing operating environments - closed or open. This also offers seamless interoperability and can be deployed with minimal changes to IT operations, freeing up resources and IT budgets to focus on business innovation, instead of keeping the lights-on.