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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-02-14 Print this article Print

IBM is working with ISVs to train them on Solaris-to-Linux migrations. The companys also doing "some things with Red Hat [Inc.] to provide additional information, since they are being specifically targeted by Sun as well as new customer offerings and events," Handy said. The strategy seems to be working. First National Bank of Omaha recently chose IBM to consolidate and simplify the banks core operations, consolidating 30 Sun servers and EMC Corp. storage onto IBMs eServer zSeries 990 mainframe.
Kenneth Kucera, a senior vice president at the bank, said the consolidation allowed the bank "to only have to maintain a handful of servers … making the task much less complex and expensive. Fewer servers also means fewer network connections to safeguard, which helps us provide network security at a lower cost."
IBM has added 2,500 new applications to its Linux portfolio in 2004, bringing the total to 6,000, a number it plans to double by the end of 2007. "Frankly, from an ecosystem point of view, there is no room for a third alternative on x86," he said. "You have Windows, the incumbent and Linux, which is growing strongly. There is just no room for a high-volume third price x86 player. There never is. Its too little, too late, unrealistic. The trend toward Linux is unstoppable." But Sun officials disagree and accuse IBM of deliberately trying to slow down the adoption of Solaris on x86. Larry Singer, vice president of Suns Global Information Systems Strategy Office, in Santa Clara, Calif., recently told eWEEK that IBMs decision not to test, certify and support its enterprise software applications on Solaris 10 for x86 platforms "smacks of monopolistic behavior." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

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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