Weather Bureau uses Linux to cut VM licensing

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The Bureau of Meteorology claims to have saved considerable sums on software licensing by embracing open source software during a server virtualisation drive.

When the Bureau of Meteorology shifted to using server virtualisation, one major benefit for scientists was the ability to deploy individual servers for specialised processing tasks.

To allow that to happen at minimal cost, the Bureau switched from a largely Windows server environment to one where Linux played a much greater role.

Virtualisation triggered a move from a Windows-based main system to a mixture of Windows and Linux boxes, a shift partly driven by the ability to freely deploy new virtual servers on open source software platforms without needing to calculate software costs. Effectively managing costs is a perennial challenge for virtualised environments.

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