Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 10:07 am
Who says last rites need to be administered to Unix? The Dealer Services Group of Automatic Data Processing Inc. is among the many faithful keeping the operating system alive and well. Last month, the $750 million technology division of ADP signed a $100 million deal with Digital Equipment Corp., committing to Digital’s 64-bit AlphaServer Unix system to drive enterprise applications across its 18,000 car and truck dealerships.
DSG is part of a much larger flock of followers that believe in the virtues of Unix for mission-critical and enterprise applications. Officials at companies across all industries who run some flavor of the operating system say its scalability, reliability and management capabilities still make it the most logical environment to host large applications, including SAP AG’s R/3 and Oracle Corp.’s Financials, along with data warehouses and all the back-office operations that make their organizations run.
While a Windows NT setup can cost significantly less, these Unix devotees maintain that Microsoft Corp. still…