IBM and Red Hat lead the migration

Information technology company IBM and open-source company Red Hat have introduced what the companies are calling a "Solaris to Linux Migration Factory", which is a Solaris-to-Linux server migration programme. The programme, along with additional support offerings is designed to help customers migrate from Solaris to multiplatform Linux servers.

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By  Jane Plunkett Published  May 26, 2005

Information technology company IBM and open-source company Red Hat have introduced what the companies are calling a "Solaris to Linux Migration Factory", which is a Solaris-to-Linux server migration programme. The programme, along with additional support offerings is designed to help customers migrate from Solaris to multiplatform Linux servers. The service includes a presales migration assessment from the IBM systems and technology group for qualified customers at no charge to the customer. The assessment is designed to help answer customer questions and determine the right migration strategy to Linux. If customers chose to migrate to Linux, then IBM's Migration Factory takes over and sets the ball in motion. So far IBM has completed more than 500 HP/UX and Solaris-to-AIX customer-migration engagements since early 2004, the company said. IBM has also announced that a wave of 22 financial-services software developers have committed to porting 48 Solaris applications to Linux on IBM's eServer platform, of which 33 already are available as of today. IBM hopes that the adoption of Linux by formerly Solaris-exclusive software vendors will expand more quickly with the recent introduction of the IBM eServer Application Advantage for Linux service, also known as the Chiphopper offering. The Chiphopper offering is a combination of support and testing tools designed to accommodate the needs of the cross-platform Linux solution for software vendors. It focuses on helping software vendors move their applications to Linux. IBM claims that since its introduction in February of this year, the Chiphopper offering has resulted in more than 100 new applications being available on IBM eServers running Linux. The main aims of the Solaris-to-Linux customer migration initiative is that customers are able to move workloads from Solaris to multiplatform Linux, with more speed and with less hassle as in the past. "A Solaris-to-Linux migration is nothing new at IBM," said Scott Handy, vice president of worldwide Linux for IBM. "In fact, since IBM began its Linux journey several years ago, we estimate that more than 3,000 of our approximately 12,000 Linux customer engagements have been with customers moving from a Solaris environment to Linux," he added. Enterprise migration from Solaris to Linux is "inevitable," said Paul Cormier, executive vice president of engineering at Red Hat. "Working with IBM, we will make the transition from Solaris to Red Hat Enterprise Linux as efficient and easy as possible."

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