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Computer Business Review: IBM Serves Up "Blue Ice" Packaging for Linux Across eServers

Aug 01, 2003, 02:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy Prickett Morgan)

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"Two years ago, when IBM Corp caught the Linux bug real bad, it promised to get the open source Linux operating system running on all of its platforms, to get its core middleware and databases running on it, and use Linux as a kind of common glue holding the disparate eServer family of incompatible products together. With the "Blue Ice" Integrated Platform for eBusiness, IBM has put forth a blueprint that shows customers and resellers how to implement Linux on all of its eServers and gives them installation scripts that can cut down the installation of infrastructure servers by as much as 75%.

"Blue Ice was rolled out on the xSeries Intel-based server platform in May 2002. This was a natural enough place to start, since X86 servers accounted for then (and still do) the largest number of IBM's Linux server shipments. But being a member of the eServer family means getting all the same goodies, so in January 2003, IBM rolled it out on the zSeries mainframes, which run Linux in logical partitions. This week, at the LinuxWorld trade show in San Francisco, IBM is rolling out Blue Ice on its pSeries RISC/Unix servers as well as on the iSeries OS/400 servers..."

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