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CRN.com: Servers, Services On Tap At LinuxWorld (LinuxWorld Preview)

Jan 29, 2002, 09:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)
"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."

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