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IBM’s big iron mainframe is cheaper than RedHat Linux and Solaris UNIX

Research finds that running 10-50 apps on a mainframe costs less than on one Linux or Solaris server.

I was lucky enough to work on IBM AS/400 system for some time. We used to run AIX, RedHat Debian Linux natively on an iSeries Logical Partition (LPAR).

According to this article:
Fresh light on mainframe total cost of ownership reveals Big Blue's big iron is cheaper than a roomful of servers.

Research house Illuminata's report, 'IBM System z TCO: Man Bites Dog' shows that running 10-50 applications on a mainframe costs less than running the same workload on a one server/one application basis where the servers run Linux or Solaris.

Reasons for low cost / TCO

=> Mainframe has better cooling technology - A mainframe typically requires less electricity and air conditioning than many 1U servers running the same workload.

=> Cost of people - When running multiple applications the mainframe's people costs are much less than those needed to run the same workload on distributed systems.

=> Mainframe memory prices have fallen significantly in recent years.

This is an interesting study :)

Big Blue cheaper than Red Hat

Earn money solve open source software problem

The OpenLogic Expert Community is a group of open source software developers committed to the success of open source. They are dedicated to solving the problems encountered by open source software users and are working with OpenLogic to support open source software projects in the enterprise.

While the benefits of open source software are clear, many companies have lingering concerns about obtaining the level of support they require. Although there are a myriad of support options available for open source, navigating those choices is not easy. Yes you will find discussion forums and mailing lists for open source software but these free supports do NOT solves the problem for sure.

OpenLogic and the OpenLogic Expert Community bridge that gap by providing a single avenue for obtaining expert support on over 160 open source projects. OpenLogic's internal technical support team acts as the frontline of support, answering customer questions and investigating incidents. For more complex issues, OpenLogic turns to the OpenLogic Expert Community. These open source experts work in partnership with OpenLogic to troubleshoot and resolve customer problems. Through the Expert Community, OpenLogic is connecting enterprises users with committed, passionate and expert developers dedicated to the success of open source.

As a thank you for their time, Open Logic Expert Community members can earn points redeemable for cash or rewards through the OpenLogic Rewards program. Check out their FAQ page for more information. You can apply here.

The first 75 people to join will receive an Xbox 360 after they solve the first tier 3 or tier 4 issue that is sent to them. Woot! :D

Please note that this for open source software development and bug related work. This is not your usual sys admin work. You need some sort of programming skills and you must be associated with any one of the project mentioned on their website.

Linux Cluster Company SiCortex Receives $21 Million

This is a yet another prime example that clearly demonstrates Linux is growing and you can make money too.

From the article:
SiCortex, a startup that makes Linux computer clusters, announced that it has closed a $21 million round of funding, led by Chevron Technology Ventures through its venture capital arm, CTTV Investments LLC. The funding will go toward expansion of sales and marketing efforts and continued product development.

Read more at sys-con... (via Lxer)

How to make money from a free, Linux, and Open Source software projects

This is a John's guide to earning an income from a Free and Open Source software project.

From the article:
This is a collection of methods and strategies to make income from an Open Source project while keeping it thriving and freely available. The methods take into account project brand strength, and the real opportunities available while owning your project's web space, building up its community, and exploring non-restrictive means of monetizing your efforts.

The idea is very simple - It is right and good to make a living while developing an open source project. If you disagree with this statement then you may as well stop reading here ;)

Table of contents:

Guide Summary
Wrong Path
Cutting your Life Line
All This Bad News
About You
Owning Your Project Space
Time For a New Brain
The circle of growth
Promotion Mindset
Find Me
Search Engines
Your Brand
Psychological Prep
Revenue Streams
Advertising Intro
Advertising Types
Low Content Pages
Image Advertising
Making Your Own Ad Deals
Affiliate Programs
Adsense Tips
Asking For Donations
Selling Software
Selling Related Products
Traditional Income
Passive Vs. Active Income

Read more at damnsmalllinux...

Open source companies to watch

This is list of Open source companies or start-ups you may wish to watch out. This gives you bit idea how people or start-ups making money using Open source software or Linux.

FTA, "Open source software is a given in most enterprise data centers, so it's not surprising to see the ranks of open source companies and projects swell. It's not just Linux anymore - community-developed software is offering alternatives for everything from databases to application servers to network management to disaster preparedness. How do you know which open source approach is right for you? We've pulled out a few start-ups that you might not be familiar with, but we think should be on your radar."

Read more networkworld.com...

Linux installations equals profit suggest the study

An independently-conducted study on reseller and system integrator adoption trends and attitudes around Linux suggest that Linux installations leads into good profits.

FTA, "The results of a poll entitled Linux in the Channel suggests resellers with an established practice around Linux-based solutions are experiencing sustainable and profitable revenues

The poll of more than 400 U.S. solution providers was conducted by the Institute of Partner Education and commissioned by AMD, HP, Levanta, and Novell."

=> Download this study paper (PDF version 370KB)

=> Read more at echannelline.com (via)...

Open source software as a customer capture tool

Have you ever wondered how an open source software vendor makes money? Matt McAlister has posted information on how open source software vendor making money with open source software. He is comparing SugarCRM and Salesforce.com CRM software.

FTA, "...They’ve done a really clever thing which is to build a revenue model around the added services rather than try to charge for the core software..." Read more at his blog...

RedHat, MySQL and others, follows same type of revenue model to make money. You can download and install open source software free. Now vendor will charge for following services:

  • Tech support
  • Installation service and support
  • Paid or hosted solution
  • Priority software updates and bug fix
  • Software customization
  • Education (training) etc