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

: Support Choice"> Red Hats de Visser said the two companies have created a "mix-and-match" structure that essentially allows the customer to decide which firm will offer support and services. "But, given the size and scale of IBM, the majority of account interaction will be in their hands," he said. IBM will also make its key software products available on Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, starting with Intel processor-based servers like the eServer xSeries this year and expanding to additional eServer hardware in 2003.
These software products include WebSphere, the Java 2 Enterprise Edition-based infrastructure software for building and deploying Web Services; DB2; Tivoli; and Lotus. IBM already offers a comprehensive portfolio of middleware products for Linux, with more than 60 products currently available.
"Our middleware offerings will also support Advanced Server. Currently, DB2 and WebSphere support Advanced Server on the xSeries. With this announcement, IBM will expand software support for Advanced Server across our entire eServer line, for our key middleware, WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli and Lotus," Nielsen said. The latest expansion with IBM follows several other Red Hat deals announced recently. At the LinuxWorld show in San Francisco last month the Raleigh, N.C., company announced it will support Advanced Micro Devices Inc.s upcoming 64-bit Opteron chip with a special release of its Advanced Server software next year. Also at the show, Dell Computer Corp. announced new professional services designed to accelerate the deployment of Linux in the enterprise, part of which will be jointly delivered with Red Hat. The agreement extends the One Source Alliance between the two companies to help customers migrate from proprietary Unix systems to Linux.

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.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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