IBM expects the cloud-based development resource to be of express interest to Linux developers seeking access to more powerful servers that are built to handle the open, collaborative applications built for big data, mobile, and social business computing. The Power7 and Power7+ servers running i and AIX in addition to Linux allow worldwide remote access for PartnerWorld members.
The PDP includes a new Linux stack with IBM DB2 10.x, IBM WebSphere 8.5.5, and other modern Linux development tools for Power. It also provides access to the IBM Software Catalog, which contains hundreds of downloadable IBM software applications. Before this effort to update the Linux development environment on Power, the Linux tooling was irreconcilably outdated.