At some point, enterprises running core business applications on traditional, proprietary UNIX platform architectures find that these architectures are negatively affecting business operations. UNIX solution availability is limited, and most options are costly. Additionally, maintenance of hardware and software platforms is costly and difficult, as availability of compatible agile tools and infrastructure technologies is limited or nonexistent, and integration is challenging.
As a result of these restrictions, Gartner forecasts that Independent Software Vendor (ISV) investment and support in UNIX will shrink 75 percent between 2015 and 2020. Typically, companies are hesitant to abandon existing systems that have served them well but recognize the value of migration. These organizations face the challenge of determining the steps involved in migrating from UNIX to Linux and how to begin the process.
There is no single path to IT modernization. Instead, a series of stages can be completed to progressively benefit from modern technology without disrupting vital IT operations that support an organization's success. By establishing a modern IT foundation, organizations can prepare to integrate the latest technologies to support agile development, task orchestration, rapid application deployment, and centralized management capabilities. The combination of a standard-based hardware platform based on Intel® architecture and the stable, proven capabilities of Red Hat* Enterprise Linux meets the demands of the modern datacenter with next-generation IT requirements.
This brief will address the challenges of aging UNIX and RISC Infrastructure, Intel, and Red Hat* have partnered to co-engineer solutions that offer robust alternatives for businesses to modernize their IT systems.