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NetworkWorld: IBM continues its Big Iron Linux Push

Jul 26, 2000, 21:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marc Songini)

"IBM is trying to liven up its mainframes with some new Linux initiatives."

"On Monday, IBM executives detailed plans to make the installation of copies of the Linux operating system on S/390 machines easier for nonmainframe personnel, as well as less expensive. In addition, a number of IBM partners, such as management platform vendors BMC and Computer Associates plan to announce products to monitor and manage Linux running on Big Iron. For instance, CA is expected to announce agents and other products that will help IS staff manage Apache and IBM WebSphere Web server applications on Linux on the S/390."

"Although IBM has seen huge growth in the use of its mainframes for some of its bigger users, fierce competition from high-end Unix server vendors like Sun has forced Big Blue to discount the licensing fees for the product. Facing declining revenue, the firm is now trying to lure customers back by offering relatively inexpensive Linux software and related support services."

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