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IBM expands open source offerings

IBM has announced a 30% growth in the number of enterprise-level applications that it can offer for the open source operating system Linux.

IBM has announced a boom in the number of enterprise level applications for Linux. The number of applications available for the open source operating system has increased 30% from last year, with over 2,300 applications now available from IBM and other ISVs, as corporate entities slowly turn to Linux for solutions.

"We're seeing tremendous excitement around Linux from the software development community, and IBM is working with them to deliver enterprise-ready applications for real e-business," says Jean-Christophe Knoertzer, area manager software IBM Middle East & Africa. "ISVs have created robust e-business solutions in every major industry and solution segment, using IBM's leading middleware, including DB2 database software, WebSphere’s e-infrastructure software, and Lotus Domino."

IBM is partnered with a number of ISVs in the Linux sphere to develop applications, including SAP, QAD, SAS and jBASE software. SAP has ported its e-business platform mySAP.com, which uses IBM’s DB2 database, to run on both Intel and mainframe based Linux machines.

Big Blue is also supporting a number of initiatives to encourage the uptake of Linux, including developer’s toolkits communities and support centres, and training and certification on the system. Its ‘Ready, Set, Linux’ program has already been rolled out in Dubai and Cairo.

Another ISV, SAS sees Linux as a key emerging platform for e-business. "IBM's expansion of its e-business application framework to include Linux has given customers added flexibility in choosing the appropriate operating system," said Don Hatcher, SAS's worldwide director of technology strategy. "Many companies have chosen Linux to run their Web servers; with SAS solutions for analytical CRM, these companies have turned the deluge of Web-based customer data into knowledge and competitive advantage. IBM, through its powerful hardware and middleware, is providing a solid infrastructure and adding real value for Linux-based solutions like ours."

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