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LinuxWorld: IBM teams with Red Hat for ebusiness

Aug 23, 2000, 00:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eileen Cohen)

"The biggest IBM announcement on Tuesday united Blue with Red in the name of ebusiness. IBM and Red Hat have made a worldwide software agreement to collaborate at both the engineering and marketing levels to integrate and bundle a number of IBM's ebiz products -- WebSphere, Lotus Domino, DB2 Universal Database, Tivoli Framework, and IBM's Small Business Pack for Linux -- with Red Hat Linux software. The software will be preconfigured, pretested, and pretuned to put IBM's tools for Web serving, data serving, application serving, and systems management in one place for Linux customers. Both companies will sell the bundled products directly...."

"Moving on to hardware news, IBM announced enhanced Linux capabilities, due by the end of this year, for two flavors of its NetVista thin client. One version, the N2200, will be an appliance-like unit that is preconfigured and prepackaged for quick installation and setup. The other model will include a full Linux distribution, based on TurboLinux 6.1, that will provide customization capabilities. The latter machine will be able to either boot over the network to a server or establish a customized flash boot image on the local device, a potentially attractive feature for customers with multiple remote locations...."

"Other hardware-related announcements from IBM included a commitment to integrate X-architecture into Netfinity servers running Linux. The concept of X-architecture (unrelated to the X Window System) is the deployment of high-end IBM server technologies -- those developed for the S/390, RS/6000, and AS/400 platforms -- in the Intel-based Netfinity line. Netfinity servers preloaded with Linux have been available for about a year now; X-architecture will, IBM says, make them more powerful, scalable, manageable, and reliable. Officially, IBM will "work with leading Linux distributors to make X-architecture support for Linux a reality." No time frame was announced for availability."

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