The New York Stock Exchange is going live today with the first phase of its migration to IBM’s p servers running AIX, and HP servers running Linux. It is estimated that this move will halve the cost of transactions taking place in the NYSE. Though lower cost is the main reason given for this move, I’m sure that top-notch security and stability would have been prerequisites for such a move.
Just today, I was talking to a fan of Sun’s Solaris operating system and a critic of Linux’s reliability for mission critical applications. The above announcement might offer some proof of how far the hacker/hobbyist OS has come, but I doubt this will be enough to convince people like him. I won’t get into another debate about Solaris vs Linux, even after spending the last couple of days dealing with some silly and time-consuming Solaris issues, but all my Linux systems have had been running very smoothly. And this is regardless of the distribution being run (I’m currently using all of Ubuntu, CentOS, Fedora and Slackware on various systems, including my laptop).
Here’s hoping to see the penguin go even further.