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Ch@nnelWeb: IBM's $1B Linux Bet Creates Momentum with Independent Solution Providers

Dec 15, 2000, 21:27 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven Burke, Joseph F. Kovar)

"IBM is investing $1 billion over the next year to Linux-enable its products, including the iSeries, formerly known as AS/400. Solution providers say the IBM investment is a big opportunity to boost Linux's momentum, particularly in Web-hosting environments."

"Shannon Scott, chief technology officer at Infusion Technology Group, a $10 million network integrator in Birmingham, Ala., says he will consider applying for authorization to carry the iSeries. Infusion sells IBM Netfinity servers and recommends Linux Red Hat Web server solutions, Scott says. He expects his Linux business to grow to as much as $2 million next year from the current $400,000."

"This is very dramatic," Scott says. "We weren't doing any Linux one year ago. Now 90 percent of the Web hosting and Web serving we are doing is on Linux. The stability and total cost of the solution is really appealing." The open-source Linux product comes in at as high as 50 percent less than a similar NT- or Windows 2000-based solution, Scott says."

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