IBM Expands Support for Red Hat

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-09-16 Print this article Print

More IBM servers to support Advanced Server; alliance will provide broad Linux support to enterprise customers worldwide.

IBM is beefing up its support for Red Hat Linux Advanced Server. The company on Monday will announce the expansion of its support for Advanced Server from the current eServer xSeries servers to the zSeries, iSeries and pSeries servers. The two companies will also announce a multiyear alliance that includes services and expanded support for servers and software that will enable the two companies to jointly provide broad Linux support to enterprise customers worldwide. Peter Nielsen, the Linux offerings executive for IBM Global Services, declined to comment on the duration of the alliance. But he stressed that the move will have no effect on IBMs support for, and adoption of, UnitedLinux when it is released sometime next year.
"This announcement reaffirms IBMs commitment to a dual-distribution strategy—Red Hat and UnitedLinux. IBM customers may now choose the Linux distribution supplier that gives them the combination of Linux distribution features, services and support that best meets their needs," Nielsen told eWEEK.
The Red Hat move also means customers have more choice and confidence as they move to invest in Linux, he said. As Linux has matured to meet the demands of enterprise-level customers, those customers need the flexibility to work jointly with IBM and Red Hat. "In the past it was an either-or decision," he said Mark de Visser, a vice president at Red Hat, told eWEEK that he expects the support for the other IBM server lines to be in place within the year. "When we roll out the next version of Advanced Server—and I dont have an exact time frame for that—we will have a version for the eServer xSeries, zSeries, iSeries and pSeries servers," he said. The deal also allows Red Hat to play in new areas and geographic locations that were not available to it before. In addition, "every time IBM lands a new Linux customer they will have the option of deploying Advanced Server, and we will share in the revenue generated from that," de Visser said. Red Hat and IBM Global Services will also team to provide end-to-end service and support to customers with Linux technical knowledge and engineering resources. IBMs Nielsen said this alliance involves working closely on a number of fronts that span technical support, hosting capabilities, sharing leads and working jointly to support the same customers.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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