The Benefits of a Successful Linux Migration

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
October 24, 2011

Open source technology licensing is neither new nor radical. It’s been part of computer science programs since the 1960s, offering organizations everywhere access to a worldwide software development community—not captive to any one entity, thereby sharing global expertise and continuous innovation and enhancement. As open source technology, Linux is freely accessible— though not necessarily free. Popular versions of Linux typically entail fees of one sort or another.

Even so, its low cost is the primary benefit for many people. Linux radically reduces the cost of computing through its low cost for deployment, better price/performance, and lack of dependence on any single vendor. Companies can rack up substantial savings in hardware costs alone, since organizations can deploy Linux across inexpensive commodity hardware, such as cheap x86 machines. As a result, implementation and maintenance costs can be much less than the total cost of ownership associated with some proprietary technology.

In addition to these inherent savings, Linux also provides:

  • Excellent price/performance
  • Vendor independence (avoiding vendor lock-in)
  • Broad ecosystem of vendors, applications, and support
  • Enterprise-class portability, flexibility, and scalability

While Linux has become a mainstream business technology, it’s not foolproof. Successful Linux migrations should be well planned and deliberately executed. If you’re curious, we posted The 7 Steps to a Successful Linux and Open Source Migration a while back.

In the end, a Linux migration and adoption is a journey, not a destination. And although it may seem that transitioning away from your current computing environment is too daunting, this is truly an opportunity to build a better application infrastructure for your organization’s long-term success.

However, Linux and open source won’t magically create a self-governing computing infrastructure. You should still make every effort to enforce the management controls and processes that allow open source computing to thrive. Adopting industry standards increases your ability to take advantage of future innovations. By using industry standards as a basis of selection for the best solution of your environment, you’ll find that those solutions will provide the right balance between cutting edge innovation and proven industry approaches and strategies.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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