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iWon.com/Reuters: IBM Backs Linux with Central Management, Services Push

Jan 31, 2001, 17:40 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Paul Godin for this link. ]

"International Business Machines Corp.'s (IBM.N) No. 2 executive is set to beat the drums around Big Blue's latest plans for Linux -- the alternative software system which IBM sees as a lynch pin of its long-run comeback strategy. Sam Palmisano, the heir-apparent to Chairman and Chief Executive Louis Gerstner, plans to unveil new services and technologies to boost Linux in a speech at the LinuxWorld Expo trade show here on Wednesday, IBM said."

"Showing Linux's readiness for use in complex corporate computer networks, IBM will reveal plans to manage Linux-based computer systems anywhere within a global business network using its centralized Tivoli management system. The IBM executive will also point to how T-Systems, a Deutsche Telekom AG (DTEGn.DE) unit, is installing Linux on an IBM mainframe to manage massive e-mail databases for its customers."

"IBM, which generated about 38 percent of its revenue from services consulting work last year, is pushing to expand its services to help companies determine how best to use Linux. Dan Kusnetzky, analyst at research firm International Data Corp., said he thought IBM's services will make the difference in whether Linux moves into the corporate mainstream."

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