IBM Scores Yet Another Linux Win

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2001-07-23 Print this article Print

Demand for Linux on the mainframe continues to grow, with IBM notching another win on its eServer mainframe.

Demand for Linux on the mainframe continues to grow, with IBM notching another win on its eServer mainframe. The latest: Korean Air is moving its Flight Schedule Enquiry System and its Daily Revenue Accounting System to Linux on IBM hardware and software.

Korean Air is implementing IBMs WebSphere and Tivoli systems through an eServer z900 mainframe running Linux. The system gives more than 3,000 pilots and flight attendants online, real-time flight information. Korean Air is also developing a Linux-based accounting system and plans to open its back-end systems to business partners to widen its sales channel.

"We decided to deploy our flight scheduling systems on Linux because we were able to consolidate workloads that had been running on a variety of different servers," said Yong-Seung Hwang, CIO at Korean Air, in Seoul, Korea.

Joann Duguid, IBMs director of Linux for zSeries, said she is seeing strong interest from the companys top clients in running Linux. "Linux is enterprise-ready, and some of our top customers are running it in production in mission-critical environments. As the trend continues toward multiple platforms that interoperate seamlessly, demand for Linux will grow. By offering customers a Linux solution on the mainframe, we are expanding their level of choice," said Duguid, in Armonk, N.Y.

This customer win follows IBMs deal with Winnebago Industries Inc., which recently announced it was deploying an e-mail platform based on an IBM eServer running Linux.

Last year, IBM scored an offshore Linux coup. In December, Telia—Scandinavias largest telecommunications and Internet provider—said it would replace its Sun Microsystems Inc. Web servers with one IBM mainframe S/390 G6 enterprise server in a deal estimated at about $3 million. Telia is also replacing its EMC Corp. storage servers with one IBM Shark storage server.

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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