Gaming giant Tattersalls has decided to dump four Linux operating systems in favour of a Microsoft counterpart across its Maxgaming business.
Maxgaming currently uses four separate platforms for its gaming products and intends on consolidating these into a single Microsoft platform over the next six years, according to a newspaper report.
The project is expected to cost AU$43 million, of which AU$30.7 million will be spent on new hardware for its operations in NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory, The Australian said.
Chief information officer Stephen Lawrie said a labyrinth of software licenses resulting from recent mergers made it impractical to retain any of its multiple Linux-based platforms. He said the company chose Windows to streamline gaming product development.
"Realistically we needed a platform where we could deploy things consistently across the whole marketplace. The way systems are [currently] we can't take a product which we might have in Queensland and deploy it in Sydney easily," said Lawrie.
Michael Warrilow, analyst at research company Hydrasight, said a major benefit from a gaming development perspective is the larger supply of Microsoft developers compared to Linux.
However, he said the argument for standardising on a single platform can also be applied to Linux, with a number of major retailers already looking at Unix and Linux-based platforms on which to develop proprietary software.