What’s with this “either-or” thinking lately? “Windows” or bust! Give me “Linux” or give me death! An “Apple” a day keeps the viruses at bay! All in all, it can get pretty contentious, even in the IT world. But is taking such a strong stance really necessary? Shouldn’t it all be about value, cost, and benefits—not dogmatically clinging to any particular brand, operating system, or technology? Why have so many bought into the IT myths that keep them from exploring new options?
Yup—I went there. Myths. It’s not that there aren’t any truths in these beliefs that one OS is better than another. There are usually grains of truths in any story. It’s knowing both the truths and the fictions that helps dispel those myths.
First of all—let’s be honest—most server operating systems really do fine in mixed IT environments. Linux, Windows, and the Mac OS can co-exist—and do. Some operating systems, like Linux (and by extension, Open Enterprise Server) may be cheaper to license. Others may be less prone to security threats—or easier to manage. The important thing to do is a logical assessment of why any particular OS might be better for your environment. So what should you be looking at in your myth-dispelling analysis?
For those reading this article that happen to have Open Enterprise Server, I dare say, you’ve made a particularly wise choice when it comes to the cost vs. benefits vs. features vs. value comparisons. If you’re using all the included features granted through entitlements (like Filr, iPrint, and Kanaka for Mac) and taking advantage of the clustering promotion—you’re getting about everything you need for enterprise-grade file and print services. Given the cost increase of Windows Server licensing— Open Enterprise Server really shines. In fact, Open Enterprise Server business is growing as people do this analysis. Why? Because when people get sticker shock from their Windows licensing price, they start looking at an alternative OS that can deliver the benefits and features they need—but for less. Enter OES.
In fact, if you want to find out more about dispelling some of the myths around OES and its value to your enterprise, you should visit this great resource page that has a video and infographic.
All in all—no matter which server OS you choose—it should be flexible and adaptable enough to play well in mixed IT environments, deliver the features you need, and be at a price you’re willing to pay. Whatever you do, don’t let your decision be based on IT myths instead of solid research and facts though! IT should be a “plays well with others” kind of world, right?