LinuxPlanet: Big Machines, Big Linux
May 27, 2003, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
"The joke used to be that IBM's mainframes were the useless
dinosaurs of computing. None of IBM's rivals are laughing now. With
Linux gaining popularity on IBM's zSeries, the mainframe is making
a strong comeback.
"This really isn't news though. In 2001, 11% of IBM's new
mainframes were being sold with Linux under the hood. Today,
according to Joan Mestzeler, IBM's director of enterprise solutions
for the zSeries, 17% of IBM's mainframe revenue is coming from
Linux and that number is moving steadily upward.
"IBM's not the only one doing well from Linux's big iron
acceptance. Holger Dryoff, head of SuSE's American operations, says
that SuSE's mainframe Linux; is accounting for almost 20% of SuSE's
North American business. Other Linux companies--Red Hat and
Turbolinux--support the IBM's zSeries, but SuSE is the leading
mainframe Linux vendor..."
IBM to Hatch T-Rex(May 13, 2003)