IBM and SuSE Linux Launch Software Integration Center
IBM and SuSE Linux on Thursday opened the new Software Integration Center, which will initially focus upon boosting performance of the DB2 Universal Database line.Nesting IBMs DB2 Universal Database offerings comfortably atop the SuSE Linux Enterprise Server platform looks to be among the first objectives for a new group aimed at Linux integration. Announced on Thursday by IBM and SuSE Linux AG, the new Software Integration Center is located at IBMs Toronto lab. The Center will initially focus upon boosting performance in the DB2 Universal Database line but will eventually branch out to encompass other IBM middleware products that are fueling IBMs on-demand computing strategy, including WebSphere, Lotus, and MQ Series, according to Bob Picciano, director of database technology at the IBM Toronto Software Lab. Picciano said the purpose of the newly-formed center is to accelerate deeper integration between DB2 and SuSE Linux technology to help customers more easily perform certification, maintenance, testing, migration and porting functions in-line with future DB2 software offerings running on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server Platform.
"A lot of our customers have come to us and said they really want to see what [DB2] could do" with Linux, he said. "[The Center] is going to be collaboration around ensuring that we get DB2 on any new [SUSE] platforms or distributions as quickly as possible." Any new software plug-ins for DB2 to emerge will be addressed through the partnership.