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July 4, 2009

Linux Takes Over — Again

by @ 1:52 pm. Filed under Linux migrations

“I told you so” just doesn’t even come close. The London Stock Exchange was running Windows, crashed, and is now switching to Linux. Go figure.

Excerpt:

“Anyone who was ever fool enough to believe that Microsoft software was good enough to be used for a mission-critical operation had their face slapped this September when the LSE (London Stock Exchange)’s Windows-based TradElect system brought the market to a standstill for almost an entire day. While the LSE denied that the collapse was TradElect’s fault, they also refused to explain what the problem really was. Sources at the LSE tell me to this day that the problem was with TradElect.”

“TradElect runs on HP ProLiant servers running, in turn, Windows Server 2003. The TradElect software itself is a custom blend of C# and .NET programs, which was created by Microsoft and Accenture, the global consulting firm. On the back-end, it relied on Microsoft SQL Server 2000. Its goal was to maintain sub-ten millisecond response times, real-time system speeds, for stock trades.”

Read “London Stock Exchange to abandon failed Windows platform”

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