Vol 72 Issue 2 2004-02-09 Article 12213 from section "Sun Education Users"

George Washington University Uses Linux in Data Center

Caron Carlson reports in a recent article that George
Washington University is one of the latest institutions of higher
learning to commit its data center resources to replacing the resident
Microsoft infrastructure technology with Linux. George Washington's CIO
David Swartz explained that the continuing cost and burden of security
patching Microsoft solutions drove the decision.

Other colleges and universities that have taken the same path reported
doing so, according to Carlson, in order to gain more control over their
IT infrastructure, as well as to improve ROI.

In the last couple of years, Carlson continues, a tight budget has
forced George Washington, like most organizations, to take a more
critical look at IT projects than it did in the 1990s. Swartz said he
decided the university should approach technology as an enterprise does:
with an emphasis on return on investment.

Carlson found that some universities -- Cornell, for example -- take a
decentralized approach to IT infrastructure decisions. Linux has its
fans, but so does Microsoft, Carlson discovered.

IT infrastructure choices are made at Cornell in terms of meeting the
interests of the students in a particular department or school who will
be the primary users. Microsoft technology predominates in the
management school.

At the desktop level, instances of Linux are found often in the physics
and engineering labs. Advocates of moving to are also
beginning to push for its adoption, a Cornell administrator told

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