There’s a Computerworld article out in the wild about the New York Stock Exchange (Euronet) building out 200 new Linux servers. Articles like this are usually puff-pieces, so technology people are always wondering about the real details behind decisions. I had a few questions about 2 interesting quotes made by CIO Steve Rubinow.
The first interesting comment was the desire to achieve “technology independence”. First, what are the benefits of technology independence to the NYSE? More to the point, how can an organization buy 200 servers of any architecture and remain technology independent?
True, there could be growth or a change in the direction, but if you’ve already committed yourself to 200 servers, you should have a good idea of what your future paths are.
The other comment was on Linux being “polished enough”, in comparison to Unix operating systems that have a 20 year history. What does polished enough mean? It almost suggests that the other OS offerings are better, but you’re settling for Linux ? What Linux features (if any) convinced you to use it?
Is there something Linux vendors could do to make a better OS offering? Or does it even matter since you’ve already committed yourself down this technology path? Should Linux contributors be happy that there is more business use, or should they be concerned that the reasoning behind using Linux may not come across as a glowing endorsement?