Companies rely on technology for marketing, human resources, supply chain and numerous other applications, and as a rule, executives understand the tasks these singular tools execute and comprehend their cost-cutting benefits.
But when it comes to the core of mission-critical computing, the very operating systems that make everything go, many companies don’t have a clue about the costs or benefits of options like SUSE Linux Enterprise or UNIX Operating System.
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Bienvenue says some 200 components go into an order that is communicated from the Canadian home base to the factory overseas. About 50 percent of the commands are usual in-stock hoard items; the other partially is reserving orders completed specifically for customers.
As the value-added services differ from store to store, “All that information has to be carried to our factories in China, India or Vietnam,” Bienvenue says. “It’s a lot of work.”
Peerless implemented the SUSE Linux Enterprise and, as a result, was able to run more hardware for less and isolate servers for maintenance without interruption — all with a 30 percent improvement in speed.
Novell, a leading provider of infrastructure software, and IT consultancy firm Adaris Technologies assisted the Peerless implementation.
Jacques Sauve, president and CEO of Adaris, says a lot of companies as Peerless perceive the style of college students graduating with an understanding of Linux.
“They’re not just teaching them Windows,” Sauve says. “They’re also doing quite a bit of Linux. Kids coming out of school know Linux and love working with it. The resources are out there if you’re looking for good Linux administrators and people who want to work with the operating system.”