students sitting on campus stepsColleges across the country are happily migrating their SunGard Banner apps off proprietary RISC and UNIX platforms and onto Linux. If you’re wondering why this is happening and why otherwise sane CIOs would move their mission-critical apps off RISC systems and onto commodity Intel boxes from Dell and HP, it’s easy to explain. They’re saving a ton of money on new hardware, slashing support costs and reducing infrastructure complexity.

How can this be? For 11 years, I was technical architect with Sun Microsystems, designing, sizing, and architecting Banner environments for large state universities and smaller private colleges across the southeast. Over the past few years, my friends who run college data centers have been dealt a series of challenges, notably the economic meltdown which decimated budgets and rising support costs for maintaining proprietary Unix and RISC systems....Read More