THE NEW YORK Stock Exchange is investing a small fortune in the x86 Linux systems and blade servers.
According to ComputerWorld, the move is part of the expansion of the NYSE Hybrid Market trading system that the Exchange started building last year.
At the centre of it all are 200 of HP's ProLiant DL585 four-processor servers and 400 ProLiant BL685c blades with dual-core AMD Opteroons.
These work along side HP's Integrity NonStop servers, which are based on Intel Itanium processors and NonStop OS operating system.
While most people expect the Stockexchange to have cutting edge technology, the use of Linux is surprising the analysts.
The stock exchange has conservatively been running Unix since Spinola was a boy. With all that HP gear, most observers thought it might opt for HP-UX.
However, the bloke in charge of the project, Steve Rubinow said while Linux might not have the polish of Unix it is good enough and costs a lot less.
He said he did not want to be closely aligned with proprietary Unix. He also thinks the same thing about AIX and Solaris.
While Solaris can run on multiple hardware platforms, Linux gives him a lot of flexibility, he said. µ
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