Factors driving the rapid adoption of Linux for a growing range of workloads and applications include the unanimity of positive results and experiences of enterprises across industries and the ubiquity of Linux expertise. In addition, the wide range of contributors to not only the kernel but also the ecosystem around Linux and the leading and constantly improving economics of Linux-based platforms have driven Linux adoption.
Enterprises evaluating and selecting alternative operating systems to meet general purpose application and infrastructure requirements need to understand the capabilities provided by the operating system environments and the business strategies and organizations that manage them. These factors contribute not only to the current technical capabilities, but also to the directional options, integration, quality, and support that IT departments will have for future implementations.
All of these elements affect the cost, quality, and risk of delivering information services to the enterprise. The change in Sun's strategy for Solaris provides an opportunity to compare these two enterprise operating system offerings, as well as the environments, implications, and strategies that create, support, and come with them.
IT management needs to look beyond the marketing messages and feature lists to understand what the choice of Solaris or Linux means for the enterprise. RFG believes that a better Solaris has long been needed by Sun's installed base.