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Linux Starts to Take a More Central IT Role

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"IT managers who once used Linux chiefly to support Web and file- and-print servers said at last week's LinuxWorld Conference & Expo here that they're now running key applications and databases on Linux-based systems - a sign that the open-source software is penetrating deeper into corporate enterprises."

"Reports that once took five to six minutes to produce are now ready in 30 seconds, Fraley said. He noted that the replacement servers cost less than the support fees for the old hardware. The Linux-based hardware "proved itself," he said, adding that more Linux servers are on the way for a disaster recovery site."

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