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Choosing the Right Community Linux for Your Enterprise


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Community Linux has become increasingly popular within the enterprise as organizations look to cut costs without compromising on functionality and reliability. In this webinar Brad Reeves, Senior …

Community Linux has become increasingly popular within the enterprise as organizations look to cut costs without compromising on functionality and reliability. In this webinar Brad Reeves, Senior Content Engineer with OpenLogic, provides a comparison of the leading community Linux distributions, including CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, and openSUSE. Brad discusses which distributions are best suited to different uses within the enterprise as well as how to approach migrations from commercial Linux distributions like Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Other topics covered in this webinar include:
* Community Linux in your datacenter – top server distributions
* Community Linux in your enterprise – top desktop distributions
* Best practices for enterprise involvement in Linux communities
* Options for community Linux support and maintenance help

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  • 1. Choosing the Right Community Linux for Your Enterprise Webinar on Jan 28, 2010 Presented by Kim Weins, Sr. VP of Marketing and Brad Reeves, Sr. Content Engineer at OpenLogic
  • 2. About OpenLogic OpenLogic is an open source provider and aggregator. We enable enterprises to successfully and safely acquire, deploy, support and control all of the free and open source software they use. Facts Pioneering Achievements 12 years in open source 2006 OXC – OpenLogic Expert Community 130+ enterprise customers 2006 OSS Discovery scanner Library of 130,000 open source projects 2007 OLEX – SaaS Governance Platform Support for 500+ open source projects 2008 OSS Census 200+ OXC members 2009 OSS Fulfillment Center © Copyright OpenLogic 2009
  • 3. OpenLogic Capabilities Aggregating Open Source for the Enterprise Certified library of 500+ open source projects Provisioning Trusted source Packaging and deployment to multiple formats Managed updates Code Scanning & License compliance Governance Risk reduction Policy enforcement & approvals Indemnification Developer Support Support One throat to choke Production Support Remote Monitoring Training Services Independent Expertise Configuration & Tuning Policy Workshops 3 © Copyright OpenLogic 2009
  • 4. Disclaimer OpenLogic is a provider of open source support, governance, scanning, and provisioning solutions for enterprises. There is no “one size fits all” solution – your enterprise is unique, and that must be taken into account. Proprietary operating systems and software may be mentioned during this talk as a comparison only, any mentions are not recommendations or endorsements of those proprietary packages or systems. © Copyright OpenLogic 2009
  • 5. Brad Reeves – Senior Content Engineer © Copyright OpenLogic 2009
  • 6. The First Sieve • Data Center ( Server ) • Desktop • .RPM based Enterprise Desktop Linux Linux on the Desktop used to be a running joke. Now it is not only possible, it is a very • .DEB based good alternative. More on this later..... OpenLogic Company Confidential © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 3 4
  • 7. A Little Bit of Revisionist History Four score and seven revisions ago...... Actually the first Open Source Unix system to be widely accepted into the Enterprise was FreeBSD. Why? - Could be deployed on COTS hardware. Replacement cost for a component went from thousands of dollars to hundreds, if not tens of dollars. Excellent support for SCSI drivers and RAID systems. - Very Fast Network Drivers BSD had the best networking speeds for years. Linux now does all of those things and does them better, faster and cheaper. OpenLogic Company Confidential © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 3 5
  • 8. The Second Sieve • CentOS RPM Based • Mandriva • Ubuntu DEB Based • Debian OpenLogic Company Confidential © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 3 6
  • 9. What? Wait? How Did That Happen? How did that happen? We started talking about 100’s of distributions and now we have 4? A little history and then 4? Cmon? How did you get there? Refining our search for the best Enterprise Linux • Supportability • Upgradeability • Reliability • Compatibility OpenLogic Company Confidential © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 3 7
  • 10. The Bottom Three Upgradeability Reliability Compatibility Ubuntu LTS to newer LTS is a Data Center uptime of thousands Hardware. In the “old” days this direct update. of days for Linux servers. was more of an issue. Now CentOS 3 -> 4 -> 5 upgrades. Coupled with the Long Term modern Linux systems have the RedHat -> CentOS updates have Support Versions, and solid best drivers for networking and been done in the wild. hardware, years of uptime is raid controllers. It still pays to do CentOS to Ubuntu has been expected. a little research on the exact done. models of major components of your servers. Ubuntu Desktops can be configured to self upgrade / On the desktop, the biggest update as new code rolls out. single issue is the graphics card. That too, is getting better as time goes by, and choosing a desktop with a major branded graphics card ( nvidia, ati ) will save you lots of time (and headaches). OpenLogic Company Confidential © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 3 9
  • 11. Support? Support is really the most important aspect of Enterprise Linux. If you can’t get help... what is the point? • Centos - 7 years. Follows RHEL. CentOS 5.x will be supported until 2014. • Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) Released every 2 years. • 3 year support on Desktop Linux. • 5 year support on Server Linux. • Mandriva 5 year support. • New versions roll out every 2 years. OpenLogic Company Confidential © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 3 8
  • 12. Recommendations Server Desktop CentOS - RPM based. Rock solid Ubuntu - Can be easily ghosted to quickly distribution with great support options setup desktop systems. There are available. applications for accessing most current Enterprise email and document Debian - .DEB based. There is third party repositories. support available. Many systems and network administrators rank it as the best linux server. OpenLogic Company Confidential © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 3 8
  • 13. How much is this going to cost? The Good News If you choose Open Source, the licensing cost is $0.00. A significant savings over proprietary systems licensing that can run up to hundreds of dollars per seat. The OK News A switch of operating systems will cost you some productivity, however those losses will be recuperated after your team has gone through the learning curve. The Bad News Operating Systems are the very core of your computing infrastructure. A change at the core takes time and patience. There can be a steep learning curve if you choose the wrong distribution for either the desktop or the data center. Make sure you evaluate your enterprises strengths. The Great News OpenLogic offers a full range of support services to assist you with the support of your operating system and underlying packages, at far lower cost than proprietary vendors, OpenLogic can lower your overall software budget. OpenLogic Company Confidential © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 3 12
  • 14. OpenLogic Support for Community Linux Distros Currently provide support for CentOS A community operating system based on publicly available source code of RHEL Updated within 72 hrs for fixes (usually within 24 hrs) or 4-8 weeks after point releases of RHEL Supported for 7 years Licensed under GPL (and other licenses for included packages) Will be adding support for other community Linux distros next quarter © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 14
  • 15. OpenLogic’s CentOS Support Offering 3 tiers Up to 4 servers Up to 10 servers Unlimited servers Unlimited CPUs & sockets per server Up to 5 VMs per server (can be pooled) Business Hours or 24x7 SLAs Indemnification More info: Get a quote: © Copyright OpenLogic 2009 15
  • 16. Contact Information For more information, please visit: To get a quote on CentOS Support: Or contact us by email at: © Copyright OpenLogic 2009