"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."