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Linux Survey Surprise: Stability, Not TCO, Is the Key to Enterprise Adoption
Linux Survey Surprise: Stability, Not TCO, Is the Key to Enterprise Adoption

What's the number one value for Linux? If, like Computer Associates SVP and Chief Architect Sam Greenblatt, you believed the answer to that question to be TCO (total cost of ownership), then prepare for a surprise. A survey that Greenblatt just commissioned just reveals that the answer's in fact stability and reliability, not TCO.

Cynics will perhaps smell a rat, a switching of the points on the previous train of thought. Because until recently, TCO was always advanced as the "no-brainer" clinching argument in favor of migration to Linux in an enterprise context where taking cost out is so important, particularly in the current cycle.

But since Microsoft began citing the IDC study that concluded that the TCO for Windows servers was lower than for Linux, advocates of Linux seem to have decided that a safer battleground exists when you are fighting Windows: reliability. "People are tired of having their servers go down," says Greenblatt.

The poll was conducted among 2500 corporate customers around the world, and no fewer than 95%of them rated Linux's reliability as its most important contribution to business value, followed by cost of acquisition cost (89%). TCO, listed by just 65% of companies as a contributor to value, came in last!

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