TCO: 'Cause decisions are driven by logic
It doesn't make sense to talk about TCO (Windows vs Linux) for any other country when your business is operating in India. So, how does Total Cost of ownership (TCO) look like when your company is located in India and you are going to be deploying a large solution.
Linux deplyoment is 15.9% MORE EXPENSIVE than Windows in India.
this data has been provided by Frost & Sullivan and independently verified by Cap Gemini.
Some interesting factiods about the study:
- Software cost is just about 6.8% of the TCO; Hardware constitutes about 46% of the TCO
- TCO of Linux is greater than that of Windows 2003 server by 15.9%
- Training cost are 60% higher on Linux servers than Windows 2003
- Downtime costs on Linux servers are 25% higher than Windows 2003.
- Linux environments exhibit 30% higher soft costs than Windows 2003
- TCO of Linux is greater than that of Windows across 3 workloads that account for nearly 80% of x86 servers
- Applications (22.4%), Networking (11%) and E-mail (8.24%)
- TCO of Linux is lower than that of Windows in two workloads that account for 12% x86 Servers despite OPEX costs being in favor of Windows
- File (5%) and Web (31%), , indicating opportunity for Windows Server Web Edition and Windows Storage Server
Some conclusions drawn by me on the facts above:
- Windows is an ever evolving platform and it pays to stick with technology that's evolving rapidly
- In the two technologies, the difference is to whom you pay your money to - In Windows, it is MS that gets the major chunk while in Linux it is the consultant / company supporting the Linux build that gets the money.
- For a company that has developed some applications, Windows Server are the unanimous choice.
- For small companies who only need file sharing and web hosting, Linux may make sense as well. however, web site hosting is always maintained in a different hoster and file sharing isn't a reason enough on why you should go for Linux hosting :)