Make the Move from UNIX to Linux: Now is the Time – White Paper

For the past 15 years, UNIX* has established a history of solid reliability in the data center. It typically runs mission-critical applications, including back-end databases, and it has a reputation for good performance, high reliability, proven scalability and trustworthy security. But these benefits come at a high total cost of ownership (TCO). UNIX generally requires expensive proprietary software and hardware, as well as budget-draining annual maintenance costs. These expenses are a key factor in recent, widespread migrations to other platforms—in particular, Linux*.

Today’s IT professionals are making strategic investments in Linux, preferring its open archi tecture and low cost to the proprietary— and very expensive—UNIX platform. As an IT manager, you will find that migrating to Linux offers several opportunities for optimiz- ing your data center and controlling costs. You should give Linux serious consideration, especially if you:

  • Need to replace aging and expensive proprietary hardware
  • Are looking for a flexible operating system that works well with your other systems
  • Are seeking to consolidate applications or systems to reduce TCO
  • Want to deploy or upgrade applications without relying on UNIX or RISC-based hardware that may not be supported in the future
  • Have a UNIX maintenance contract that is expiring soon
  • Are tired of being locked into a single vendor

Linux elevates enterprise computing: you get the power, reliability and scalability of UNIX, but you pay up to 75 percent less for it.

You get a system that supports your entire infrastructure, works with thousands of applications and is the focus of developer efforts worldwide. And you get a flexible, interopera- ble, highly manageable platform that serves your full computing needs—while you benefit from a robust and growing ecosystem of applications and support to meet your IT and business goals for years to come.