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MS and Linux at Loggerheads is History: Peter Lees, Suse

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Peter Lees’ prime responsibility is to develop awareness of SUSE products, technologies and capabilities throughout the APAC region. As a technologist with two decades of experience in open systems, IT infrastructure, and cloud computing, Lees has held senior consultant roles at NetApp and Sun Microsystems. Suse has grown faster than the worldwide Linux growth rate (22% last year), according to him. Peter Lees talks about why Suse is becoming a defacto across the IT architecture of enterprises.

In the past, organizations majorly migrating from proprietary architecture towards open source platform for cost savings. Has the evaluation scenario changed now?

Cost savings are still a big issue. However, organizations at large have now got to a point as to - which Linux to run - as they barely look at proprietary systems. All of the real critical reasons of risk in the past have disappeared so it makes little sense for them to incur large expenses. The modern start ups built their IT platforms around cloud and Linux for fulfillment rather than choosing the proprietary platform in the dot com era. Today you can run SUSE Linux on Amazon, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace and all the public clouds. A start up on cloud based architecture can start small with cloud. On increased scale of operations, SUSE studio allows the same package to move in-house or in their internal infrastructure.

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