When building an application server, IT may face a choice between “good enough” operating systems. Determine which prospective operating system (OS) best fits the enterprise's business needs. Base the selection on the following four criteria:

  • Total cost of ownership.
  • Support & maintenance.
  • Vendor stability.
  • Product stability.

This note will guide IT leaders facing an OS choice that is not immediately obvious from technical or application requirement perspectives. In these cases, use business criteria to select the OS.

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