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Demystifying the Management of Linux

It’s impossible to open any IT publication or browse any industry related website nowadays without Linux being mentioned. There are more than 300 different Linux distributions (such as SUSE, Red Hat and Ubuntu) in development today, powering mobile phones, games consoles, notebooks, desktops and corporate servers running critical applications. Linux makes up a staggering 97% of the top 500 supercomputers in use today.

The growth of the platform over the last few years is very evident and it’s not going away any time soon.

The use of Linux has been steadily on the rise for a number of reasons:

• It’s extremely fast, efficient and flexible and as such will run equally well on old and new hardware. This has made it a very attractive proposition for both the huge, but reducing in popularity desktop and rapidly increasing tablet markets.

• It’s free – well up to a point. There are various options around paid operating system support which may impact ongoing costs.

• It’s highly scalable.

Only last year IBM announced an investment of $1 Billion to “Fuel Linux on Power Systems”. However, from our own experience we haven’t seen a huge wave to adopt Linux running on Power – but we fully expect to see the ripple of interest of investigating Linux as a viable alternative for some time to come.

In my conversations with customers many have mentioned their plans for either moving to Linux or expanding their existing Linux estate – often without any real local Linux skills or expertise within their organization. But how can you ensure that key applications and services running on Linux will be adequately monitored?

The experts at Halcyon have had native Linux monitoring capabilities for a number of years now and in September 2014 announced the capability to be able to proactively monitor Linux running on Power Systems within the popular Network Server Suite.

Network Server Suite has specialist plug-in components for Linux and Linux on Power (along with other specialist components covering the AIX and Windows operating systems). Shipped with powerful monitoring templates for many Linux distributions, the software is designed for quick deployment and enables you to start monitoring in minutes the most critical systems and processes on which your business relies.