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Enterprise Linux Today: Turbolinux Releases z/Linux 6.5 for IBM zSeries and S/390 Mainframes

Aug 22, 2001, 17:07 (2 Talkback[s])
"Turbolinux, the leading provider of Linux distributions for enterprise and Internet infrastructure, today announced the release of its z/Linux 6.5 for IBM zSeries servers. Re-hosting enterprise middle-tier applications on z/Linux running under z/VM (Virtual Machine) combines the uptime of Linux with the unified management, monitoring and control inherent in z/VM that far exceeds any operating environment found on distributed systems. Even the largest enterprises can exploit the superior reliability that results, while also reaping tremendous cost savings from consolidating from dozens of servers to one machine. "Our customers increasingly demand flexible industrial-strength infrastructures upon which to run their businesses - Turbolinux z/Linux 6.5 on IBM eServer zSeries computers provides all this and more," said Ly-Huong Pham, CEO of Turbolinux. "Leveraging z/VM, the mainframe can be partitioned into hundreds of 'virtual servers,' each running an application independently. Businesses can exploit an architecture designed for high-availability to reduce costs without sacrificing server autonomy - gaining an edge in a competitive marketplace." Mainframe Power And 24 x 7 Support

IBM and Turbolinux recognize that customers wanting to run Linux on the mainframe need both VM and Linux skills. "We wanted to ease the concerns of Linux and z/VM administrators," said Hervey Allen, systems engineer at Turbolinux. "A company wanting to adopt Linux for its mainframe or, conversely, wanting to consolidate client/servers onto an S/390 or zSeries machine, can rely on Turbolinux's integrated VM and Linux support. Through a strategic partnership with Sytek Services, a premier VM consulting firm, Turbolinux is able to provide 24 x 7 support from a single point of contact and responsibility. And we offer more than just find/fix support - including hands-on systems and performance assurance as well as update and application counseling."

z/Linux includes much more than a Linux distribution. The Services Delivery Option (SDO) offers a custom z/Linux installation on VM distributed via tape. Customers receive a fully-loaded tape that is easily copied to their own z/VM environment for immediate use. This instant deployment means that Linux administrators need not learn VM and that VM systems programmers are not forced to learn Linux to get the z/Linux environment functioning quickly. In addition, Turbolinux will provide full support and the SDO to S/390 users who have installed different Linux distributions, such as SuSE."

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