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CRN: IBM Expands Linux Offerings, Keeps Costs Down, on S/390

Aug 03, 2000, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph F. Kovar)

"On the hardware side, the IBM S/390 Integrated Facility for Linux allows the addition of processor capacity exclusively for Linux use to the S/390 G5 and G6 servers. Also introduced was the S/390 Virtual Image Facility for Linux, which allows the capability to create and manage hundreds of Linux images on a single server without the need for the Virtual Machine system."

"Even more important than the new products is an agreement with several key software vendors to help cut the cost of software on the S/390, says Nancy Roath, vice president of S/390 brand marketing for IBM's Enterprise Systems Group. More than 50 percent of the cost of an S/390 comes from the software, the price of which varies with the capacity of the machine, says Roath."

"IBM is targeting ASPs, universities, commercial enterprises and telcos with the new Linux-based S/390 initiatives, says Roath. The new products are expected to be released in late September, she says. However, preliminary versions already are being sold and installed, and such products will be swapped for new versions when they are officially released, she says."

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