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."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 http://linux.eweek.com for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
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.