IBM says Linux is cheaper to run


IBM says Linux is cheaper to run

Antony Savvas

IBM has sponsored its own independent research into the total cost of ownership of Linux-based server systems, when compared with Microsoft Windows and Sun’s Solaris operating systems.

The research, conducted by the Robert Frances Group, found that the TCO of Linux was 40% less expensive than a comparable x86-based Windows solution, and 54% less than a comparable SPARC-based Solaris solution.

The figures are based on a three-year period of ownership for a system supporting 100,000 operations per second using industry benchmarks for testing.

Robert Frances put together the figures after conducting 20 in-depth interviews with IT staff using a range of Linux, Windows and Solaris systems at medium- to large-sized companies employing over 250 people.

Microsoft is currently promoting its own independent research which claims to show that Windows is cheaper to run.

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