"We took Linux through the trials. We installed, we tested, and
made sure everything matched up the way we expected it to. We had
big concerns on the database side -- moving the data is pretty
easy but the key is the code. Anything that has database-specific
code in it is a concern when migrating. By staying with Sybase,
we didn't have to rewrite the code, and that saved us hundreds of
Western & Southern reports an 80% decrease in batch cycle times
on the new database servers running Linux, as well as a 60%
reduction in the number of servers needed, which further reduced
both hardware and software license costs.
Jackson's biggest challenge with migrating to Linux has been
version matching. "It becomes kind of sticky with all the
different pieces. Versions are changing so fast now, you have to
make sure vendors match the version between the database, the
applications, and the operating system."
Jackson's experience with Linux has been so good that the company
is now looking at other areas in which it could use the open
source operating system. "I can't say a whole lot about it, but
we're looking at some open source Web technologies and workflow
software, and some other things."