IBM, HP Map Linux Migration Plans

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-08-02 Print this article Print

With announcements forthcoming from LinuxWorld in San Francisco, IBM and HP are renewing efforts against Sun with new solutions to help customers and ISVs move away from SPARC/Solaris and onto Linux.

IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. are putting renewed pressure on Sun Microsystems Inc. with new solutions to help customers and ISVs move away from SPARC/Solaris and onto Linux.

At this weeks LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, IBM will announce new resources to help ISVs and developers port Linux applications to the companys Power microprocessor architecture, which is the foundation for IBMs pSeries, iSeries and BladeCenter JS20 platforms.

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HP will announce an expanded Solaris migration program that is targeted at ISVs developing applications for Solaris and that will provide incentives to foster development of Linux applications for HP ProLiant and Integrity servers.

Under the IBM program, customers can run Linux natively or in a logical partition with the Unix-based AIX 5L operating system for the pSeries and in a partition with the OS/400 operating system for the iSeries, officials said.

IBM will provide ISVs, developers and the academic community with resources and offerings to help them port, test, support and market Linux applications on the three Power platforms and is expanding its 3-month-old Virtual Loaner Program, said Scott Handy, IBMs vice president for worldwide Linux strategy, in Somers, N.Y., in an interview.

The new program will allow ISV partners to remotely access IBM hardware and operating systems through a secure Web portal over a VPN connection. IBM will make virtual pools of these servers available to its ISV member partners.

"The number of ISV Linux applications certified for Power has doubled to 600 in the first half of this year, and one of the things that is resonating with [ISVs] is the fact that they can get iSeries, pSeries and Power blade support with a single port and a single binary," Handy 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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