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LinuxWorld: IBM announces rollout of 15,000 Linux servers; More to come

Nov 04, 2000, 17:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"On November 2, IBM announced a deal with Japanese retailer Lawson to install and help maintain approximately 15,000 servers preloaded with Linux. ... According to Steve Solazzo, IBM's VP for Linux strategy and marketing, the rollout will begin very soon and be "substantially completed" by March of next year."

"The Lawson deal is certainly a big deal, but is this just a one-time partnership between IBM and Linux? Solazzo says no. He believes that "over the next six months, [IBM] will have a series of announcements in which large customers will be making significant commitments to Linux. We think the time is now for enterprise customers to make these commitments."

"Does the Lawson/IBM/Linux deal mean the debut of Linux in the major league retail market? Burlington Coat Factory has rolled out Linux servers to a couple of hundred stores. Home Depot is rumored to be working on a Linux-based replacement for its Windows POS system. But this deal far exceeds the scope of any previous Linux use in the enterprise."

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