IBM launches Linux servers

IBM has announced the introduction of a range of Linux based servers that allows them to be operated with no experience of traditional mainframes. IBM says that the eServer zSeries can consolidate from twenty to hundreds of Sun and Intel servers onto one system.

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By  Guy Mathew Published  January 27, 2002

IBM has announced the introduction of a range of Linux based servers that allows them to be operated with no experience of traditional mainframes. IBM says that the eServer zSeries can consolidate from twenty to hundreds of Sun and Intel servers onto one system. The company also plans to deliver Linux servers dedicated to the small to medium sized business (SMB) space.

The eServer iSeries can consolidate up to fifteen individual Linux and Windows servers onto a single physical server with great benefits for total cost of ownership (TCO) and reliability. Both servers are aimed at infrastructure uses such as firewalls, printing and email delivery.

“There are already strong Linux skills in this region. This announcement means that large enterprises and government organisations can have the benefits of mainframe reliability and performance, whilst making the most of available expertise,” said Michael Paier, manager of system sales, Middle East and Pakistan.

The consolidation can be done by partioning the resources of servers to run as separate servers of different sizes across the system. With z/VM virtualisation technology from IBM flexibility is greatly increased as the total cost of ownership is decreased, says the company.

“Organisations in the Middle East are moving to e-business as fast as they can: but a limiting factor for them is skilled resources. These new Linux servers answer the need from customers who need to prevent a 'server sprawl'. They require much fewer technical resources to run and manage, and can dramatically improving the total cost of ownership," added Paier.

IBM supports Linux systems in a number of ways including 24/7 remote cover for enterprise and the applications running as well as local services including rapid deployment of Linux and all associated applications.

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