Why J2EE

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-09-09 Print this article Print

Asked by eWEEK whether this was a representative enough number to draw such conclusions, Rymer said Giga wanted to delve into the details from a smaller number of companies to get enough information to allow it to construct a model to compare Windows and Linux/J2EE. "We also took some guidance from the market as it were. Our interviews with organizations using Linux quickly indicated that J2EE was their development and deployment platform of choice. As such, a J2EE/Linux environment has been used as the basis for comparing a Linux to Windows environment in this study," he said.
He also acknowledged that the studys results are probably a good representation of the middle but not the extreme cases at both the high and low ends.
But Martin Taylor, Microsofts general manager of platform strategy, told eWEEK in an interview on Monday that the company is "in no way extrapolating this out to say that for any small or large operation anywhere in the world that this applies completely to you and that I can guarantee 25 percent savings. Im not saying that at all," he said. However, Giga is a credible third party and by supplying the full report to anyone who wants to see it, Microsoft and Giga are not only giving users the data, but also the process and methodology so they can "do this on their own research and compare their results. Id also love to see a Linux vendor sponsor research that shows a 25 percent savings," Taylor said Rymer said its time for the debate between Microsoft and the open-source community in this regard to move from emotion and religious belief into real, practical consideration. "Thats our business and why we wanted to do this. We really need to take a step back and look at where these choices are going to produce the best advantage for the client. This study does not cover every possible case out there, and thats fine as thats the next thing we can then work on," he said. Next page: Getting Analysts to Understand Red Hat.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at www.eweek.com.


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