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Re: IT and UNIX
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- Subject: Re: IT and UNIX
- From: David Dunn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 07 Nov 1997 09:32:42 -0500
- Organization: VC3, Inc.
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There were a several emails countering my suggestion that NT
is easier to support. Since everyone (including me) seems to
be basing their claims on personal experience there is really no
winning this argument. I have no doubt that there have been
efficient UNIX environments set up that have a low overhead.
We have UNIX servers in my company and at our customer sites
(all of which run a mixed-mode environment) that take little to
no overhead so I completely believe some of the claims made.
However, the nubmers I gave in my original response reflect
our experiences and I stand by them. I do not think that
my company is alone in these experiences.
On the salary issues: some people pointed out that I was incorrect
in my statements about relative costs between NT and UNIX
administrators. I found this interesting. I guess one point I
should make is that we don't user MSCE's to admin NT. We find it
to be such a no brainer for most NT admin tasks (such as
install and update of OS and spplications) that I can't justify
paying for all of the training it takes to pass the silly tests
to get the certification. That said, it generally costs my
company less for NT talent than UNIX talent.
Hans Reiser wrote:
> Unix, especially Solaris, scales better than NT.
> It takes less time to support 100 of them than 100 NTs, and when you get to
> 10000 of
> David Dunn wrote: 3) It takes more time to support a UNIX box than an NT
> box (my
> estimate is about 2x the amount of time and that's probably being
> generous to UNiX). Granted, the UNIX box can handle more load so,
> theoretically, you need less of them. But the reality of most
> of today's corporate compute environments is that systems become
> application centric with each system servicing one application
> (i.e. one database server for your accounting package, one for
> your human resource package, etc.) so whether your using UNIX
> or NT you end up with the same number of systems (just more excess
> bandwidth on the UNIX side).
David Dunn | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
VC3, Inc. | URL: http://www.vc3.com
712 Richland St. Suite F. | Phone: (803) 733-7333
Columbia, SC 29201 | Fax: (803) 733-5888