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ComputerWorld: IBM looks to Linux to spur mainframe sales

Mar 01, 2001, 21:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"IBM is betting that its increasing support for Linux on mainframes, combined with the ability of those systems to run multiple data-processing workloads simultaneously, will help drive big-iron machines into new kinds of applications this year."

"The computer maker is predicting that it will sell about 1.6 million mainframe MIPS during the course of this year. At least half of that total is expected to go into new application areas such as enterprise resource planning, e-commerce, customer relationship management and server consolidation, said Dan Colby, IBM's general manager of enterprise servers, at the company's PartnerWorld 2001 conference here this week."

"And the open-source Linux operating system will likely drive much of that new business, Colby said. He added that IBM is hoping to attract users through the ability of mainframes such as its new zSeries 900 to run virtually thousands of Linux server applications within a single box. It also plans to attract users with the increasing availability of Linux-enabled mainframe tools and software."

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