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Migrating mission-critical enterprise apps to Linux platforms: No big deal

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If you blinked, you may have missed it. At some time in the past year or two, the concept of moving to a Linux platform for mission-critical enterprise application suites, such as those from SAP, AG and Oracle Corp., ceased to be one rife with agony, stress and doubt.

If you talk to industry analysts, consultants who advise large corporations and those who have done it in the field, the idea of migrating proprietary applications onto Linux has grown into "no big deal."

Experts say that Linux has proven itself as a viable and cost-effective platform for SAP and Oracle users. They say that most rollouts of Linux for enterprise applications involve new implementations in mid-sized companies and point solution applications in large, established SAP and Oracle implementations. But they also report seeing cases of large-scale migrations of ERP applications to Linux, particularly on racks of blade servers. Moving to Linux has become easier, and hardware vendors are making it worthwhile by offering cheap, scalable hardware.

"Porting to Linux is not a big deal. Everyone has been supporting Linux for quite a while," said Joshua Greenbaum, principal of Enterprise Applications Consulting in Berkeley, Calif.

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