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Companies are constantly looking for ways to improve their business and gain a competitive edge. Often, these newfound opportunities for improvement, especially acquisitions, have the potential to affect a company's basic IT infrastructure and may require the migration of core applications and databases to a new environment. In any case minimization of flavors of Unix/Linux used is an important goal. See Solaris vs. Linux
A successful migration can bring substantial benefits. If executed correctly, it can offer real business advantages and rewards. Yet, if you wait until you need to migrate, many analysts say you've waited too long. The "if it isn't broken don't fix it" philosophy is a dangerous practice and can cost a company significantly more to migrate when it becomes critical or necessary due to such factors as loss of faith in current vendor, poor performance of current vendor, high costs of support from current vendor.
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July 17, 2009 | Computerworld
HP's new Sun Complete Care program offers free migration consulting, special financing terms such as 90-day payment deferral, server trade-in credit and rebates, up to 85 percent off HP-UX 11i with Solaris trade-in, up to 30 percent off training programs and other incentives.
Hat tip to Solaris Migration resources in the SPARC Product Directory
IDC interviewed 400 Unix/RISC customers about their attitudes to migration. The average interview time was 30 minutes. It makes very interesting reading. The report says Sun is the main target for migration and the clock is ticking. Here are some extracts...
"Sun Solaris continues to be the most popular Unix variant for Unix servers running Web infrastructure. While this is not surprising given the dot-com success that Sun enjoyed in the late 1990s and into 2000, it does continue to represent a challenge for Sun because these workloads have been frequent targets for migration over the past five years."
"IDC believes that the server life-cycle issues are driving much of this change, because the systems in the Unix installed base have aged in recent years, and this is compounded by the fact that many dot-com era installations with Web enablement of business workloads, are coming of age and will require replacement. In addition, many Unix/RISC servers were deployed in preparation for Y2K and many of these systems are now nearing the end of their useful life cycle." ...read the article (pdf), ...IDC profile, Solaris Migration Resources
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