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Enterprise Linux Today: IBM Wholeheartedly Embracing Linux

Jan 31, 2001, 20:40 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

"IBM Corp. Wednesday moved to slough off its reputation as a stodgy, slow-moving enterprise by throwing its considerable support behind Linux. And it is evangelizing Linux's readiness to enter the enterprise."

"Palmisano, who has been with IBM for 30 years, said he first became interested in Linux after accepting his present position with the company. At that point, he traveled around the world meeting with customers and the one thing everyone was talking about, he said, was Linux. Since that time, IBM has implemented Linux on its eServer z900 mainframe and has proceeded to set up Linux systems for companies like Shell Oil, Deutsche Telekom, Weather.com, even Morgan Stanley. Deutsche Telekom, a subsidiary of T Systems and one of Germany's largest telecoms, is in the process of installing Linux on a z900 for managing its e-mail databases."

"However, he said four myths have to date hampered the acceptance of Linux, and IBM is making an effort to dispel those myths. The first is that Linux can't scale. While he conceded that may have been true a year ago, Palmisano said that argument no longer holds water. Referencing the z900, he simply asked, "What is larger than a supercomputer?"

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