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Internet Week: IBM Serves Linux

Aug 09, 1999, 16:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin J. Garvey)

"IBM will expand on its Linux commitment this week when it unveils a low-cost Netfinity server optimized for the operating system. IBM will also support and service offerings from additional Linux vendors beyond Red Hat Inc. and Caldera Systems Inc., adding TurboLinux and Suse to its roster."

"The Netfinity 3500 M10, due next month, is priced at less than $1,800. It will include a driver that lets the open-source operating system take advantage of RAID storage. Users can opt, through resellers or custom configuration, for preinstalled versions of Caldera, Red Hat, Suse, or TurboLinux, and use IBM as a single point of contact for hardware and software support. "Customers are demanding bulletproof Linux," says Mike Riegel, IBM's global executive for Linux and E-business in the Netfinity group. "IBM service and support blows away the competition."

"IBM is also launching a plan to work with independent software vendors to certify enterprise applications, such as SAP, for Linux on IBM hardware. Initially, it will work with SAP to certify its R/3 enterprise resource planning software."

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