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

: HP, IBM Notch New Linux Customer Wins"> "Our latest customer wins span the travel, retail, government and service provider industries," he said. These include Air New Zealand, which plans to replace some 150 Compaq servers with a single eServer zSeries IBM mainframe running Linux and IBMs Websphere Application Server software.
The plan will allow Air New Zealand to move some 4,000 Microsoft Exchange e-mail and file and print clients to the Bynari open-source e-mail application.
On the retail front, new IBM Linux customers include the global convenience retailer, 7-Eleven, which is now running the Trustix Mail Server with AntiVirus scanning on an IBM eServer xSeries environment running Linux. Wolfermans, a gourmet baked goods company in Kansas, will use IBM business partner eOne Group to handle the more than one million online shoppers per day the company expects during the holiday season. To power its e-commerce site, Wolfermans will use the IBM Linux cluster, which includes eServer x330 systems, WebSphere software and DB2 database software. In the service provider industry, Triaton GmbH, a multinational e-business consulting firm, has standardized on IBM software and hardware to provide Web-based business intelligence solutions for medium-sized businesses. Triatons Business Intelligence Service Providing solutions are powered by IBMs DB2 database software for Linux running on a four-node IBM eServer xSeries cluster. This integrates and manages data from a wide variety of customer back-end systems including ERP, CRM, e-procurement, XML sources, relational databases and legacy systems. "Clearly the real news is the sheer number of customers doing things and supporting Linux. We are working with some 4,600 customers worldwide. The cost and culture and open standards surrounding the operating system enable people to do things faster and more cost effectively," Sarsgard said. HP on Thursday will also announce several new versions of its Linux software, including Service Control Manager 3.0, its multi-system management solution; Secure Linux 2.0, which helps businesses secure their Linux environments against attacks; and its Disaster Tolerance Solution 3.0 for Linux, which combines HPs MC/Serviceguard 2.0 and StorageWorks XP portfolio. HP will also expand Linux support for its Evo Desktop, which will now be certified with Mandrake Linux in addition to the current SuSE and Red hat distributions. "We are continuing to move forward with all of our Linux software offerings. It continues to be a strategic operating system for us," Balma said.
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    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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