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Which Distribution is Running the 15,000 Server Lawson Deployment?

Nov 02, 2000, 19:51 (6 Talkback[s])
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By Michael Hall, LinuxToday

There was an understandable amount of curiosity about which Linux distribution will be powering the 15,000 servers IBM is selling to Japanese convenience store chain Lawson. Reports about the deal from earlier today, however, said the chain preferred to avoid having the distribution chosen for the deployment made public knowledge.

This afternoon, Red Hat's PR team at Schwartz Communications released the information that it will, indeed, be Red Hat providing the operating system for the deployment, which has been described by IBM as the largest commercial Linux deployment ever.

Along with announcing Red Hat's involvement, the team included a brief quote:

"We are very pleased that Lawson, a major Japanese convenience store operator, has chosen Red Hat," said Paul McNamara, VP Products and Platforms. "This is a very large scale project which validates the global customer affinity for the Red Hat brand and demonstrates continued strengthening and monetization of our strategic relationship with IBM."

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