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VNU Net: IBM throws more cash at Linux - Palmisano's LinuxWorld keynote

Feb 01, 2001, 18:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Geralds)

"During his keynote address at the Linuxworld trade show yesterday, IBM president and chief operating officer Sam Palmisano said that Linux is poised to "leap the chasm between merely being a nice modular technology for small business systems to being an integral platform for conducting real ebusiness. To ensure that Linux is adopted by more enterprises, IBM plans to spend $300m over the next three years boosting its global support services offerings for the OS. This is in addition to the $1bn investment in new products, which the company announced last December."

"As part of the $300m investment, IBM plans to create services for Linux ebusiness deployment and migration, as well as consultancy services surrounding cluster design and implementation. It has also expanded its services relationships through international technical support agreements with SuSE, Red Hat and LinuxCare."

"Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst with researcher IDC, said that service and support are among the key drivers that will help make customers comfortable with running Linux in a business environment. "By providing services and support, IBM is clearly helping Linux move into the mainstream from its current position as the platform for technical, academic and service provider applications," he said."

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