IBM Launches Biggest Linux Lineup Ever
SAN JOSE, March 2, 1999 .... At LinuxWorld
today, IBM announced support for Linux**, the open-source operating system. The
announcement, of planned key alliances, flagship products, and the industry's most
comprehensive service offering, makes IBM the only company to provide complete solutions
of hardware, software and technical support for Linux.
The news includes:
According to IDC Research, Linux is the fastest-growing server operating environment.
In 1998, some 750,000 Linux servers were installed, reflecting a 212 percent growth
rate and 17 percent of all new server placements.
- IBM will support major versions of Linux globally, giving customers a single
point of contact for all of their technical support needs;
- IBM will work with four commercial distributors of Linux -- Caldera Systems
Inc., Pacific HiTech Inc., Red Hat Software Inc., and SuSE Holding AG -- to
pave the way for co-marketing, development, training and support initiatives
that will help customers deploy Linux;
- Key IBM WebSphere* products will ship later this year, including two application
servers and a performance pack, enabling Linux customers to exploit the Web
to perform tasks ranging from simple Web publishing to Java-based transactional
- Availability of the industry's first commercial, Java-based emulator for
Linux -- IBM Host On-Demand -- which provides secure access to core enterprise
data and applications via a Web browser;
- IBM will begin beta testing, in the second quarter, its On-Demand Server
for Linux, which manages access to e-business applications by users, groups,
and devices ; and
- IBM is working with the Linux community to port Linux to selected IBM RS/6000*
"There are more than 10 million users running Linux software and many of our
customers are asking for Linux solutions," said Steve Mills, general manager, IBM
Software Solutions. "We want to give our business partners and customers peace of
mind and confidence that if they want to use Linux, IBM will be there to support
them, as we do with their other systems."
Today's announcement comes on the heels of other IBM news regarding Linux, including:
IBM provides the widest range of hardware and software solutions for all types of
computing platforms. Linux users can draw on IBM's extensive experience, skills
and resources to address their technical needs, including support for the operating
system. Depending on customer needs, IBM will offer 24-hour-a-day voice support,
ranging from answering usage questions to in-depth problem determination. Support
will be worldwide, with availability initially in the U.S. in the second quarter,
and in other countries later in the year.
- Plans to make Red Hat*** Linux available for IBM server and client systems,
such as IBM Netfinity* servers, Intellistations*, and ThinkPads;*
- Beta testing of a Linux version of IBM's award-winning DB2* Universal Database,
which will be generally available in the second quarter;
- Plans for Lotus Domino* to support Linux. Domino, the leading messaging
and collaboration server, and WebSphere represent the industry's most complete
range of Web application server environments; and
- Delivery of the AFS* enterprise file system for Linux, from IBM's Transarc
IBM will collaborate with leading commercial Linux distributors to optimize the
performance of IBM offerings running on various Linux versions, enabling customers
to exploit the full potential of Linux. Planned cooperation includes porting IBM
products to Linux; education and training; and selected product development and
marketing projects. In addition, IBM will supplement its technical support for various
Linux packages with help from distributors, when needed.
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