Study Finds Windows Cheaper Than Linux
Microsoft-sponsored white paper from IDC found the Windows 2000 server cheaper over a five-year period.A Microsoft-sponsored White Paper from research group International Data Corp., which compares the total cost of ownership of Microsofts Windows 2000 and Linux server environments across five enterprise computing workload situations at 104 companies, found that Windows 2000 offered a lower five-year total cost in four of the five selected workloads. The paper, which Microsoft last week released to some customers, partners and media, is titled "Windows 2000 Versus Linux in Enterprise Computing: An Assessment of Business Value for Selected Workloads." It found that in four workloadsnetwork infrastructure, print serving, file serving, and security applicationsthe Windows 2000 server solution cost between 11 percent and 22 percent less than a Linux solution over a five-year period.
For the fifth workload, Web serving, Linux had a cost advantage of 6 percent compared with the Windows 2000 server over the five-year period, the IDC said.