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LinuxNews.com: IBM: Linux Appliance Server Reflects Customer Demand

Nov 07, 2000, 18:39 (0 Talkback[s])
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"IBM's xSeries 135 with Linux... is the first specifically designed appliance server that can be automatically configured and deployed out of the box, according the company's product description. The Linux-basaed applicance server, powered by an engineered variant of TurboLinux through a partnership with the Linux company, was designed with the mindset that "many customers are going down the open source path, and want Linux-based appliances," said Brian Sanders, IBM's xSeries software solutions manager. IBM's other Linux server series supports all four major distributions, Sanders added."

"We've developed these new appliance servers because we've seen the market mature," Sanders said. "These new appliances offer customers a way to leverage their skill resources." These customers were often unable to start all the projects they'd like, Sanders added. "These appliances were made to be plug-and-play as much as possible to free up those skills resources." The appliance servers also come with a common Web-based interface that allow for a "common look and feel" as well as providing the user who doesn't know Linux to harness the operating system's potential, making it easier for users to make the switch, he said."

"Customer demand for the Linux appliance server came from a number of customer areas, Sanders said. "Large customers creating exchanges for their employees so they can access benefits online on home terminals as well as ISP/ASP providers wanted an efficient, economical OS," he explained. "This is software we have integrated; plug it in and it's going to work. You're not sacrificing quality for price."

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