"IBM, Compaq Computer and Red Hat plan to unveil new
Linux products this week at LinuxWorld, which runs Jan. 29 to Feb.
1 in New York.
IBM is slated to introduce two new Linux servers, including its
first Linux-only mainframe. Code-named Raptor, the eServer zSeries
can consolidate 10, 20 or hundreds of Sun, Hewlett-Packard and
Compaq servers, said Steve Solazzo, vice president of Linux
marketing at IBM. It's the first mainframe to ship with Linux as
the sole operating system, IBM said.
IBM Global Partners are lining up to support the new server.
"I'm putting [Raptor] in a separate line of business, which means
at least 10 percent of [company] revenue," said Tom Adelstein,
president of Bynari, a Linux reseller and Linux messaging software
company. "In the past, we ran into delays because existing capacity
on S/390s and zSeries required VM configurations. With Raptor, we
become like an enterprise-level appliance on which to run
Insightserver [Bynari's Linux messaging server]. So it shortens the
sales cycle and cuts down on [customer] resistance."