LINUX DISTRIBUTOR Red Hat has commissioned some researchers to blow its trumpet for it, revealing that the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of an IT infrastructure based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux is cheaper than one based on Microsoft Windows Server.
The figures weren't just minor improvements, with 34 percent TCO savings that meant "superior operational efficiencies and could support more users and that the superior scale and density of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platforms translated directly into lower overall infrastructure costs".
While the INQUIRER is aware that Red Hat wouldn't have sent us the report if it wasn't good news for it, we're interested to know what firm carried out the research, as having read the white paper we only found reference to "a premier global market intelligence firm". Why didn't it want to be named?
The study, which is based on a range of setups in different comparable industries and locales around the world, shows significiant cost savings. The topline figures show a 29 percent savings in infrastructure costs, a 41 percent savings in IT staffing costs, and a staggering 54 percent improvement in productivity.
Although we know that this is a glorified sales brochure, these figures make for interesting reading at a time when budgets are being squeezed everywhere. Red Hat believes that this level of TCO savings will enable IT managers to innovate and move forward, rather than simply "keep the lights on". µ