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IT-Director: IBM endorses Linux servers

Apr 26, 2000, 16:46 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Just as Microsofts fortunes take a downward turn, IBM is stepping up the Linux challenge. IBM Netfinity servers with Linux preinstalled can be as much as 25% cheaper than the Windows equivalent. The ability to buy a ready-to-run Linux server from Big Blue is likely to put an end to the notion that Linux is unsuited to the corporate market."

"The IBM Netfinity range of Intel based servers will initially be offered with Caldera Systems Linux distribution. Other options are planned to follow, using Linux packages from Red Hat and TurboLinux. Offering servers with Linux is a logical move for IBM, which has already both offered Linux services and ported software to the system. It is a clear indication that Linux has a strong presence in the server market and is likely to see further growth."

"The Linux server package is thought by IBM to appeal to users that combine price sensitivity with technical awareness. That is typically small companies that have a technology specialist or larger enterprises with strong internal IT departments. Internet applications have always led the way for Linux servers, but the spread of available server side software is growing steadily. Many would now regard Linux as a mainstream server platform."

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