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LinuxNews.com: IBM's New eServer and Tools Built With Linux on the Brain

Oct 03, 2000, 23:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

[ Thanks to mhead for this link. ]

"IBM believes the new line of servers was an obvious response to increasing business demand. 'The e-business infrastructure is the foundation of the new economy,' said Bill Zeitler, vice president of the IBM Server Group. 'The e-business infrastructure has to support different types of workloads, and, fundamentally, e-businesses will require different types of support: data and transaction workload, Web and application workload, appliance or application-specific work.' Different buyers of all sizes, he said, were also taken into account when these servers were designed."

"The large Linux presence in Big Blue's new server line is an expression of IBM's continuing embrace of open standards, Zeitler said. "'To us, it was clear that the open movement was going to fundamentally change the way that people build and deploy applications. The technologies of Linux and Apache and XML [extensible markup language] and Java and EJB [enterprise Java beans] would allow people to build and deploy applications in an open and transportable way.'"

"The eServer family, intended to replace all of IBM's previously existing servers consists of four different mainframe types and 16 models. The Linux-based xSeries has nine models available. The zSeries is touted by the company as "The most reliable mission-critical data transaction servers on earth." Rogue Wave Software and Rational Software are among the new software companies announcing specific Linux products for the z900."

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