Why Linux Will Dominate the Future of Servers

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Opinion: Linux, not Windows, will dominate the future of servers because it's far less expensive to run in tomorrow's virtualizated data center. (Linux-Watch)

George Weiss, Gartner's open-source analyst, recently said that Microsoft Windows will not suffer irreparable damage on the server side at the hands of Linux over the next five years. He's right. Microsoft will fall flat on its face all by itself, and Linux will pick up afterwards.

It's very simple.

What does any business want from servers today?

Go, ahead, take a look at the latest server software and hardware news, I'll wait for you.

What did you see? Well, I'll tell you.

You saw news about the latest multiple-core chips. You saw the latest thing in inexpensive blades. And, you saw endless stories about virtualization.

What do all these things have in common? They're all about packing the most IT firepower into the fewest possible, inexpensive servers.

Financial math makes it easy. You can pay a lot of money to run many instances of an operating system on a lot of different servers, or you can pay a lot less to run multiple operating system instances on a few of them.

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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