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ComputerWorld: Vendors say it's time for Linux to hit data centers

Feb 01, 2001, 21:10 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell, Dan Neel)

"Executives from IBM and Intel Corp. who spoke at the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo that started here yesterday said it's time for the open-source Linux operating system to make the jump into corporate data centers."

"In a preview of a keynote speech that he was scheduled to deliver this morning, Will Swope, general manager of Intel's solutions enabling group, yesterday said Linux developers should view the data center as the "next frontier" for the operating system. Linux has become mature enough to expand beyond its current uses in front-end Web servers, Swope said."

"Swope's comments matched those made earlier yesterday by Samuel Palmisano, IBM's president and chief operating officer. Palmisano, who was named to his current job at IBM last summer, opened the LinuxWorld conference with a keynote speech in which he asserted that Linux is ready to leap the chasm between being "a nice modular technology" for smaller business systems to becoming a key operating system for use in corporate e-business applications."

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