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

Some software providers such as Acucorp Inc., in San Diego, have been won over. Acucorp produces enterprise software that allows businesses to modernize COBOL applications and deploy them in service-oriented architectures. Its solutions allow customers to move existing COBOL workloads to Linux on Power, then modernize and extend them.

"We provided the first COBOL on Linux and the only COBOL ported to Linux across all IBM eServers. Our customers are demanding a Linux platform that gives them reliability, scalability and robustness, and IBM is addressing this with Linux on Power. Theres no question we intend to support that initiative," said Joe Seiley, Acucorps director of strategic partnerships.

Regarding the program to encourage ISVs to move their applications to Linux, particularly away from Suns platforms, Handy said IBM is targeting specific applications it wants moved to Linux.

"We have long been targeting the Solaris, Oracle [Corp.], BEA [Systems Inc.] ecosystem with Linux on Intel [Corp.], but now we are taking the momentum we already have with them on that front and are getting them to now also support Linux on Power. We also have a very targeted list going after the Sun and HP installed base and have an initiative called Workloads to Linux that targets other peoples workloads," Handy said.

HP is expanding its Sun ISV migration program to help ISVs migrate applications to Linux as well as ensure that those ISV partners developing applications have access to HPs Itanium- and Opteron-based products and its blade server, said Jeffrey Wade, a Linux manager at HP, in Houston.

Customers can sign up to buy discounted HP hardware or can get access to HPs testbeds and download applications in a virtual environment. Check out eWEEK.coms Linux & Open Source Center at for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

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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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