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InfoWorld: IBM to bolster Linux strategy

Aug 09, 2000, 07:55 (1 Talkback[s])
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"IBM's Linux strategy will take another step forward next week when it unveils plans to deliver several key enterprise-level capabilities that allow the open source operating system to scale and run more robustly on its Netfinity line of PC-based servers."

"At next week's LinuxWorld show in San Jose, Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM will extend the core elements of its X Architecture to its Netfinity servers operating under Linux. Those elements include such products and technologies as Netfinity Director systems management software, memory chip kill technology, PCI hot-swap capabilities, Light Path Diagnostics clustering, and its "software rejuvenation" technology."

"We see this as a pretty big step forward as the X Architecture represents IBM's server crown jewels. We think it is what differentiates us from competitors in many enterprise applications involving scalability, manageability, and availability, said Sandy Carter, director of Solutions Marketing for Netfinity, in Raleigh, N.C."

"IBM's X Architecture is the company's design blueprint for building enterprise capabilities that subscribe to industry standards. The company has been doing this over the past couple of years by cascading down key technologies from its proprietary mainframe, RS/6000 and AS/400 platforms to work on its Intel-based Netfinity line."

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