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Comparing Linux with Windows and Solaris

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Over the past few years, Linux adoption rates in the enterprise have soared. Users have quoted a wide range of TCO and ROI benefits, and Linux has become a strategic platform for business applications at many companies.

It has also come under attack by opponents, who have cast doubt on the cost savings realized by deploying Linux.

In an effort to provide accurate TCO data to enterprise IT executives, RFG performed a quantitative analysis to highlight current operating system experiences in the enterprise.

RFG contacted key buyers and IT decision makers across a range of industries, evaluated their level of satisfaction with each operating system, and performed a TCO analysis incorporating their cost data.

Because it would be difficult, if not impossible, to evaluate every possible application stack in a single study, RFG examined an application infrastructure layer common to most enterprises - application servers.

The application server is a critical infrastructure component for many companies, and thus represents an ideal target for operating system selection.

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