HP, IBM Notch New Linux Customer Wins

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-08-08 Print this article Print

Announcements come a few days before the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco.

Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM on Thursday will both announce a slew of new Linux customer wins. HP also will announce updated Linux software releases, services and community developments. The Cupertino, Calif., companys announcements come some 100 days after its merger with Compaq Computer Corp. and ahead of next weeks LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in San Francisco, where HP has invited several hundred of its top customers to a closed-door briefing on its future Linux strategy. Mike Balma, HPs Linux business strategist, told eWEEK that the new company would continue to aggressively push its Linux offerings. "We took the best of both companies and melded them into one.
"We have already made 12 different Linux partner and product announcements since the merger, and we continue to see enormous support from our customers around the operating system," he said.
This is evidenced by the two new Linux-customer wins HP plans to announce on Thursday. The first, NYSE-listed L-3 Communications Corp., a major player in aerospace and defense technology, has already integrated hundreds of HP-based 3-D workstations running Linux into its eXaminer 3DX 6000 machines, which are used for detecting explosives in checked luggage at airports in the United States and abroad. Another new HP customer win is Media Temple Inc., a privately held Web hosting and software application services company in Los Angeles. Media Temple had been using Dell servers running Linux but recently switched to Linux on HPs ProLiant servers because "they felt when they really needed Linux support and help it was not there," Judy Chavis, the director of Linux marketing for HP in Houston, told eWEEK. For its part, IBM plans to roll out nine new customers who have chosen its Linux solutions. John Sarsgard, vice president of Linux Solutions for IBM in Somers, N.Y., told eWEEK that the sheer number of customers adopting Linux and its prevalence across all industries and sectors of the economy proved that the operating system had come of age.

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 www.eweek.com.


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