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LinuxPR: IBM Launches $200 Million Linux Initiative in Europe... Major Linux Development Centers

Jul 21, 2000, 17:07 (3 Talkback[s])

"IBM today announced a series of major Linux initiatives aimed at dramatically speeding the ability of customers and key European independent software vendors (ISV's) to transition their applications and systems to an industrial strength Linux operating environment. To accomplish this, IBM will invest more than $200 million in a series of Linux initiatives in Europe over the next four years. These investments will include Linux development centers across Europe, alliances with Linux-focused business partners, along with the rapid deployment of about 600 specialized Linux consultants, hardware and software specialists, and services professionals."

"As a key part of this initiative, IBM announced that it has opened a series of European development centers to help ISV's transition their applications to an industrial strength Linux environment. These centers are located in Paris and Montpellier in France; Greenock and Hursley in the UK; Boeblingen in Germany; Warsaw in Poland; and Budapest in Hungary. IBM will provide software and server IT specialists as well as Linux-ready servers, storage systems and middleware, including Websphere, Lotus Domino, and DB2. The centers will support application development on all IBM servers from IBM Netfinity servers to AS/400, RS/6000 up to IBM S/390 highspeed servers. The centers will be open to all ISV's, from enterprise application leaders to start-ups working on software for embedded technology in wireless devices."

"Intel fully supports IBM's initiative of working on applications that run on Linux to create the best e-business environment on Intel's platforms. We believe Linux OS will play an important role in the evolution of e-Business. Intel will implement this work in Intel's own Solution Centers. Intel believes it is important to share the learnings gained on Linux OS and the applications in the various Solution Centers", said Sharad Gandhi, Director Internet Solutions Group, Intel EMEA."

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