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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2002-09-17 Print this article Print

: IBM pSeries to Offer Native Linux"> "Administrators running test and production applications may want to run both within one server rather than operating two separate machines with possible performance variances. Having a common server can be very useful during operating system and application migrations," she said. In another attack on Sun, IBM recently announced it was rolling out its Solaris-to-Linux program, an aggressive product-and-marketing strategy designed to lure Solaris customers from Sun to their respective Linux offerings.
"We are significantly expanding our capabilities and staffing in that area and will be deploying a SWAT team of several hundred Linux migration experts," John Sarsgard, vice president of Linux Solutions for IBM, told eWEEK at that time.
"They will work closely with our sales teams and be able to quickly prepare an assessment of a customers IT infrastructure and develop a comprehensive blueprint for transitioning to Linux on IBM eServer systems," he added. (Editors note: This story has been updated since its original posting to further clarify IBMs new offerings.)

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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