Linux group releases enterprise guidelines

Friday, 6 February 2004, 8:05 AM EST

OSDL on Thursday said the document, named Data Center Linux (DCL) Technical Capabilities version 1.0, aims to establish guidelines for using Linux, an open-source operating system, in corporate data centers. The group hopes that the standards will help encourage businesses to consider Linux for large-scale information technology initiatives. The enterprise Linux blueprint is the result of input from a number of OSDL's members, which include IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Sun Microsystems and Red Hat.

The document defines some 300 capabilities for Linux usage, which OSDL has arranged into a number of categories: scalability, performance, reliability/availability/scalability, manageability, clusters, standards, security and usability. OSDL said it plans to create a DCL requirements document based on the guidelines to be used in developing a public reference for Linux distributions, business users, and developers of the Linux kernel--the heart of the operating system.

By Matt Hines at CNET.

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