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UNIX Migration Alternatives: Red Hat Enterprise Linux vs. Windows Server

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is optimized for the traditional UNIX values of modularity and flexibility

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As UNIX users prepare to embrace industry-standard servers for production workloads, they have to confront some fundamental choices about how to best match the capabilities that they have come to expect from UNIX operating systems. While both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Windows Server now have the scalability and reliability necessary to host business-critical workloads formerly reserved for UNIX, the operational practices of the two systems diverge considerably. Windows Server has traditionally been optimized for ease-of-use by providing a highly integrated environment, minimizing the choices that administrators have to confront. By contrast, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is optimized for the traditional UNIX values of modularity and flexibility, giving administrators the option to customize their environments.

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