|FROM ||From: "Steve Milo"
|SUBJECT ||Subject: [hangout] What would the definition of enterprise level computing be?
On the way home from the meeting last night there was a discussion of
desktop computing in a business environment using GNU/Linux.
At one point I said that a certain component of a proprietary software is
not robust enough for enterprise level demands. I was corrected by being
told it was a buzzword, which to a certain extent I agree with. It got me
thinking that I didnt have a handle on what this word implies. Which I
think is a reflection that there is not any quantitive analysis to give this
I would like to try to bring some kind of meaningful definition to this
phrase or redefine it. So I have a few questions.
What would define enterprise level computing?
Is it the amount of CPU cycles a workstations uses?
How does the type or amount of applications a workstation runs play a role?
How do the amounts of networked computers play a role in this definition?
How does the implementation of a server play a role in this?
How does network load play a role in this?
A home business can have two computers and maybe a server, they can have all
the applications they need on those machines. But system and network load
may be inconsequential in comparison to even a small corporation. Still the
small business' existence may rely wholly on this handful of networked
Certainly the cost of purchasing and licensing proprietary software plays a
role in the perception of 'enterprise level' computing.
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