IBM extends software leadership on Linux
Delivers Three Linux-Support Firsts, Breaks New Ground on the Mainframe
Dec 8, 2000: The announcement is IBM's latest initiative to support Linux throughout its portfolio of e-business software, servers and services and gives IBM the broadest database Linux support in the industry, from handheld devices to the mainframe.The company is also delivering three Linux-support firsts, including:
"Linux is seeing increasing usage as a part of basic IT infrastructure at many organizations," said Dan Kusnetzky, Vice President of System Software Research at IDC in Framingham, Mass. "Over half of the respondents in one of IDC's demand-side studies indicated that they considered their Linux applications to be 'major' applications. IBM has positioned itself well to be considered one of the leading suppliers in this emerging market."
Today's news follows on the heels of the first major commercial Linux installation in Europe. Telia, Scandanavia's largest telecommunications and Internet service provider, announced it will replace 70 existing Web-hosting Unix servers with a single IBM S/390 server. The company will also move its current storage servers to a 11.4 terabyte Enterprise Storage Server (Shark) and replace its existing customer billing system based on an Oracle database.
IBM is delivering the following additions to its Linux software portfolio. DB2
and WebSphere products for Linux are available as integrated solutions for companies
wishing to develop Web applications on top of a database server.
Today's announcements are supported by the world's leading Linux distributors including Red Hat, SuSE and TurboLinux, who have long supported IBM's Linux-based hardware and software portfolio. Unlike other databases, all three vendors bundle DB2 with their packaged Linux solutions. Red Hat also features IBM's WebSphere Application Server as part of a packaged Linux solution.
IBM Software For Linux
Today's news follows on the heels of recent new offerings from IBM including IBM's Small Business Suite for Linux, which includes DB2, WebSphere Application Server and Lotus Domino. IBM also recently introduced the availability of DB2 Everyplace and WebSphere Commerce Suite for Linux providing customers with an unlimited choice of solutions.
Customers can now take advantage of the reliability of Linux on the highly scalable zSeries and S/390 platforms coupled with the scalability and reliability of DB2 and WebSphere software. Grede Foundries, an iron and steel castings manufacturer, is successfully using DB2 Connect for Linux on the mainframe to consolidate a large collection of servers into one, thereby decreasing administration costs and connectivity issues.
Additionally, legacy IMS data cannow easily be accessed from applications deployed on the Linux platform with the recently released connectivity tool, IMS Connect. This technology provides customers with transmission rates in excess of 4000 transactions per second and extends the IMS High Availability Large Database solution for multi-terabyte databases to the world of Linux applications. Also, IBM is introducing a new release of the CICS Transaction Gateway software product for Linux, which becomes available later this month. The software facilitates the connection of the Web to CICS transactions, via WebSphere running on Linux on the mainframe.
The new product offerings for DB2 Universal Database for Linux will be generally available on December 15, 2000. The new product offerings for WebSphere for Linux on Intel will be generally available December 22, 2000 and WebSphere for the zSeries servers will be generally available on January 26, 2001.
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with more than 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM software, see the home page at http://www.software.ibm.com. For additional information about IBM's Linux initiatives: http://ibm.com/linuxFor additional information on IBM's data management solutions, please visit http://www.software.ibm.com/data.More information about the WebSphere software platform is on the Web at http://www.ibm.com/websphere.
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