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As the price performance advantage of Intel Xeon processor-based servers continues to grow over RISC-based systems and the scalability of Intel Xeon-based systems increases, organizations are looking more to these systems for lowering IT costs. The maturity of open source Red Hat Enterprise Linux is further driving this trend with features including virtualization, clustering and high availability mission critical support. The case studies in this paper show that the Red Hat and Intel upgrade options were not only less expensive than alternative UNIX/RISC proposals, but they actually reduced on-going operational costs and provided a lower total cost of ownership than maintaining the original configurations.
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