“Apple, long a ghost in the corporate-infrastructure mainstream, is beginning to cast a shadow as IT departments discover Mac platforms that are being transformed into realistic alternatives to Windows and Linux,” John Fontana reports for Network World.
Fontana reports, “A number of factors are helping raise the eyebrows of those responsible for upgrading desktops and servers: for example, Apple’s shift to the Intel architecture; the inclusion of infrastructure and interoperability hooks, such as directory services in the Mac OS X Server; dual-boot capabilities; clustering and storage technology; third-party virtualization software; and comparison shopping, which is being fostered by migration costs and hardware overhauls associated with Microsoft’s Vista.”
Fontana reports, “IT shops that have dipped their toes in Apple’s pool of desktop and server platforms say others should test the water. ‘Intel Macs have really changed things. Beyond the obvious comparisons — that Macs are now speed-parity with Wintel machines — vendors have been able to develop more software for the platform, and where that is impossible, virtual machines are always an option,’ says Scott Melendez, manager of enterprise messaging for the city and county of San Francisco, who brought Macs into governmental offices in 2003 and says they are there to stay alongside Windows machines. ‘There will always be a stigma by some old-time network managers — that Macs are difficult to network — from the AppleTalk days, or that they are difficult to support because it’s not Windows. By the end of 2007, however, I think the landscape will have changed.'”
“Others are being drawn in for a peek as they evaluate Microsoft’s Vista client operating system and what it will take to migrate. ‘The changes in Vista are significant enough that we think we can absorb the change going to Macs just as easily as going to Vista,’ says Tom Gonzales, a senior network administrator for the Colorado State Employees Credit Union in Denver. He says the thought of going to Apple is not as scary as it once was. ‘If you had asked me two years ago to consider Macs, I would have laughed. But Boot Camp and Parallels, anything we can’t do with our Macs we would be able to run a Windows environment under there,’ says Gonzales, who is currently in the Mac evaluation stage,” Fontana reports.
Much more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bradley” for the heads up.]
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