Did you know that many of the biggest companies in the world are relying on Linux as their operating system of choice?
The fact that Linux is now an enterprise-standard OS should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with its ability to help companies move fast and get services to market, while ensuring everything stays up and running.
In episode 3 of our #SundataTV video series, we were joined by Martin Zierer from Red Hat to discuss why more and more businesses are using Linux as their core application delivery platform. Here’s what we covered with Martin.
- What sets Linux apart from Windows
- How to make a Linux migration as easy as possible
- The cost and performance benefits of deploying Linux on IBM Power
You can watch the full discussion here:
In recent years, open source systems and Red Hat, in particular, have come a very long way in terms of being a corporate enterprise platform. What sort of trends are you seeing in terms of migrating workloads to Linux and the Red Hat environment?
“Over the last 15 years, we’ve seen a move away from proprietary Unix systems and also a move towards hybrid cloud. Customers have been experimenting and moving workloads into the cloud and that has also led to the containerisation of workloads. Now, with the availability of all of those open source development frameworks, a lot of customers are currently modernising their entire application environment. Some of them are going to SaaS platforms, while others are going into microservice-type environments that they can still control.”
“All of this is being underpinned by the major development of Linux into an enterprise operating system moving forward.”
“If we look at the number of operating systems that are relevant in the market due to volume of installations, there are really only two – Windows and Linux – and Linux is the fastest growing.”
“Underlying this is the software stack that sits on top of that and all the open-source frameworks that developers are using to make their existing applications more modern. This all requires the framework that we're providing with Linux to basically run that moving forward.”
Is the business case more about the technical layer and taking advantage of containerisation? Or are there broader elements that you're seeing in relation to migrating to a Linux environment?
“I think it’s a bit of both. We’ve got two different factions that we see with our customers. You have the developers looking after the applications, and then you've got the operations people and the business folk that need to make sure they get certain applications and services to market quickly. And they also need to protect the company and make sure that everything is continuously up and running.”
“So you have to make sure that you find a balance between those two teams in terms of, how do you move fast enough without jeopardising the security of the business?”
An argument for longer-standing environments is that they're stable and more mature. Where is Linux and Red Hat in terms of being a rock-solid platform for corporate, enterprise, and government workloads?
“For the last 10 years, we've clearly proven that Linux is enterprise-ready with all the support available around it, and the innovation that goes into the platform from the hundreds of thousands of developers helping us. If you look at the top companies 500 in the US and the top customers here in Australia, all the key names in all the key verticals are using and relying on Linux as the core application delivery platform.”
“How they are deploying the applications, whether on-premise, hybrid cloud, or multi-cloud is a different story, but I think there are no doubts anymore that Linux has come a very, very long way. It's been accepted by the enterprise and, to me, it’s now the standard moving forward.”
In terms of hardware in the Linux space, the main options we see are Intel x86 and IBM Power. What are the pros and cons of those platforms if you were looking at consolidating, modernising, or integrating workloads into a Linux environment?
“The Intel server is the default. Everybody's got Intel so it's relatively commoditised and easy to deploy. It doesn't require too much thinking as to what the platform needs to be.”
“IBM Power is not often seen as the default option for a lot of clients, especially those that may not have Power systems in their current hardware stack. It’s seen as expensive and legacy, but if you actually look at it as a Linux platform, then the advantages are quite strong.”
“IBM Power’s performance per core has traditionally always been greater than x86, with approximately two-times performance per core. Also, the number of containers that you can run, the total cost of ownership, and the reliability of IBM Power really help bring it to the fore.”
“If you look at the cost of acquisition and the cost of ownership, then IBM Power is quite a competitive platform to run Linux workloads.”
Watch the full discussion on #SundataTV
Want to learn more about why companies are choosing Linux? Check out episode 3 of #SundataTV for the full discussion with Martin.
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