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Internet Week: Linux Gets Ready For Mainframes...

May 30, 2000, 14:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Drucker)

"Running Linux on mainframes could help enterprises extend their data workhorses into a platform for e-business. While mainframes are the heart of many e-businesses, the ability to port Linux to IBM's System 390 could breed a new class of applications, while giving many shops extended utilization of the systems."

"Analysts said running Linux on the S/390 offers several potential benefits. The most tangible is moving tasks such as Web, file and print serving to the mainframe, which would consolidate servers and take advantage of spare processing cycles on the mainframe, said Pierre Fricke, an analyst at consultancy D.H. Brown & Associates."

"Performance won't be limited by network bandwidth," Fricke said. "Now you've got memory-channel bandwidth, which in the 390 is legendary." The software and back-end connectors IBM is offering are the keys to running e-commerce transactions on the mainframe, he said. "With Websphere on Linux along with connectors to data on OS/390, you've got a very interesting foundation for e-business and b-to-b transactions," Fricke added."

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