July 19, 2002

Retail therapy (with Linux)

Forbes.com: "Harry Roberts says he is not anti-Windows, he's just "anti-spending-money." That's why the chief information officer at Boscov's , a $1 billion department store chain based in Pennsylvania, is slowly moving big chunks of its technology operations onto Linux.

In March 2001 the 91-year-old, privately held company determined that its server farm (its collection of servers that run its applications) was expanding at the rate of one new major server per month. Roberts says these Windows servers required significant manual administration. "For every ten to 12 servers, we had to allocate one full-time person."

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