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Free Linux training from IBM

IBM is offering free training and certification on Linux for business partners in the region, in bid to push the operating system in the enterprise market.

After shelling out US$1.3 billion on Linux, IBM is making sure that it gets its return on investment. Rolling out its global programme, IBM is banking on the support of its business partners to undertake training on the open-source software and position Linux as an enterprise server operating system.

“For IBM with Linux, the focus is on the server market and providing excellent value to customers using the enterprise operating system,” Michael Mauchline, manager of Partner Success in Linux, IBM Global Channels, EMEA told itp.net.

“It’s an option for deployment on whatever server platform that you’re looking for, whether it is Intel, mid-range or the mainframe.”

The programme, ‘Ready-Set-Linux’ is broken into three segments, and IBM introduced the ‘Ready’ stage to business partners in Dubai recently. The first stage is an introduction to Linux, and to show partners that there is a business opportunity, says Mauchline.

In readiness for the expected take-up of Linux with business partners, the ‘Set’ part of the programme is a two-day hands-on training session including certification guidelines, incentives, technical support and an overview of IBM’s e-business solutions.

The training sessions lead to certification with either Red Hat or Linux Professional Institute Test 101/2. IBM has also implemented a policy of ‘You pass, we pay’ up to the value of $3000 for each partner wishing to be certified, and the “beauty of this scheme is that a partner does not have to come to IBM to be certified,” says Mauchline, instead any Linux training centre can be used that offers the two recognised certifications, and the payment scheme will be upheld.

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