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IT-Director: IBM Pushes Linux Into The Corporation

Jun 06, 2000, 13:24 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Snark)

"IBM is about to revolutionise the Linux market by releasing two distinct versions of Linux mainframes. A version of Linux has been written for the mainframe which works "down on the iron" but which can also run in a logical partition (an LPAR). There are several implications of this. Firstly it means you can run all Linux applications in an LPAR on the mainframe and access all "legacy" applications directly LPAR to LPAR. So think Apache, and web site applications running directly on the same 99.999 availability box as the transactional systems that execute the web transactions."

"Secondly it means that IBM can sell a massively capable all Linux machine (with all Linux partitions monitorable and controllable from a single console). This should be highly attractive to ISPs, especially large ones that are currently running huge server farms. If IBM gets the pricing right then it could clean up amongst the 50 percent or so of ISPs that depend on Linux. Finally it may mean that IBM has finally found a way of reviving the mainframe in full view of the dot coms that it so desires as customers."

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