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internetnews.com: IBM to Roll Out New Linux-Only zSeries Mainframes

Jan 25, 2002, 14:19 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clint Boulton)
"IBM Corp. (NYSE:IBM) has great designs for the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo next week and it started Friday with the unveiling of a Linux-only mainframe targeted to "reduce server sprawl" and compete with midrange machines made by Sun Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ:SUNW) and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NASDAQ:HWP) .

But while Sun and HP typically focus on delivering Unix-based servers, IBM is reviving the mainframe form entirely based on the open source Linux operating system. Specifically, it's the eServer zSeries 800, a follow-up to last year's z900.

The purpose of the z800 is to entice the small- to medium-sized business customer that might normally look to Sun or HP, as it can consolidate from 20 to hundreds of Sun and Intel servers. For the IT manager, this significantly lowers the all-important, total cost of ownership factor."

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