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eWeek.com: The Palmisano Game Plan

Feb 28, 2002, 14:05 (4 Talkback[s])
Palmisano: It was the week before Christmas 1999. We sat around the table at my house: myself, Bill Zeitler, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, John M. Thompson and Nick Donofrio. We decided to launch a new business organization in early January. I told them I wanted to announce at LinuxWorld a year from then a bunch of enterprises using Linux. I didn't want universities and supercomputers. I told them I wanted German and Japanese banks—the most conservative places in the world.

It's still the fastest-growing entry-level server platform by far. And 15 to 20 percent of our mainframe growth was Linux-based. But this thing is really about open industry standards. People want to polarize the debate. It's not about operating systems. To implement a true computing grid, whether it's a shared grid or your own internal grid, you need to work in this heterogeneous world. No one company is going to be able to dictate that the grid will be .Net [or] the grid will be Solaris.

It's not about what you like. It's about what solves the problem. The only way this problem will be solved is open industry standards."

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