Enterprise Unix Roundup: The Penguin Plunge

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One of the trickiest parts about being an early adopter is that no one wants to look like an idiot should the adopted technology goes belly up. Like penguins lined up on the edge of a glacier, none wanting to be the first to dive in, technology adopters tend to be a conservative bunch, especially when it comes to spending their budget.

o it helps if others are blazing the same trail, especially when its somebody you already know.

Such was the case when the City of Chicago was looking to update some internal IT projects a couple of years ago. Faced with mainframe and Solaris systems nearing end-of-life, city IT administrators were seeking alternative solutions to implement. What they decided to try, was Red Hat Linux.

Enterprise Unix Roundup recently spoke with Amy Niersbach, platform architect, business and information services, for the city of Chicago. She outlined how and why the decision was made to migrate two of the city's systems to Red Hat Linux.

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