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CNET News.com: IBM sweetens mainframe pricing for Linux

Jul 28, 2000, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"IBM is offering special deals for mainframe hardware and software in an effort to reduce the obstacles for using Linux on the traditional computers."

"The effort comes amid troubled times for the venerable mainframe technology. While mainframe sales are sagging, Linux has garnered the attention of IBM and most of the other biggest computing companies."

"Big Blue has embarked on an effort to bring Linux to its S/390 mainframes."

"IBM argues that some customers will find the mixture advantageous because they can run Web sites on Linux with high-speed connections to databases and other back-end services that run on mainframes. Another target market is application service providers (ASPs), companies that host complex software for clients who don't want to do it themselves, said Pete McCaffrey, program director for S/390."

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