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Smart Partner: Linux does the heavy lifting, as open-source rolls into selected glasshouses

Feb 05, 2001, 22:59 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Moore)

"With the date-change bug a memory, partners are looking to Linux to provide the next mainframe boost. The reasoning is that traditional mainframe shops will take to Linux on the mainframe as a means for consolidating Unix servers, solutions providers say. Linux also may expand the mainframe market, luring customers who have never before purchased the big boxes."

"We can open it up to people who would have thrown us out two years ago," says Eric Vaughan, president and CEO of IntelliWare Systems Inc., an IBM business partner."

"We've had a fairly static [customer] base over the years," says Vaughan. "But with Linux, we might actually see people who [previously] have not chosen mainframes before consolidate and move to the mainframe environment."

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