The success of your IT infrastructure depends upon your operating system selection and has long-term consequences.
You must factor both technical and business features and determine which ones offer your business increased performance, availability and flexibility for both current and future business requirements.
There are many excellent operating systems to chose from including (but not limited to):
- Linux (Fedora/RedHat/CentOS/Ubuntu/Debian)
- Microsoft Windows Server
- Apple Mac OSX
- Oracle/Sun Solaris
More abstract requirements, like openness, reputation of the vendor, and the probability of the vendor ending product support, are often not normally specified, but play an important role in making long-term platform decisions.
Key factors that influence operating system choice
- Availability and scalability
- Application migration considerations
- Performance tools
Typically, the solution that fulfills these business requirements consists of multiple components:
- operating system
All of these components must work seamlessly together.