Linux is driving the commoditisation of the hardware market, says Richard Voaden, IBM sales manager for Linux.
This is good for business because organisations can realise cost savings through more than just a lower purchase price. The fact that Linux can be run on a range of off-the-shelf hardware is driving down costs for business.
Voaden says IBM, which now employs 250 programmers to develop open source software, is seeing the benefits of consolidation of hardware on the one hand and clustering on the other. He says that because Linux is suited to run on a range of different hardware, including lower-end hardware, many companies are seeing significant benefits from consolidating their distributed environments onto a single mainframe running Linux.