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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-29 Print this article Print

This is the ninth Linux competency center across four continents IBM designed to help drive its Linux business and allow customers of all sizes and from a variety of industries, including government, oil and gas and retail, to take advantage of Linux. One such customer is Virgin Money, which has already moved its Web servers away from Sun hardware to IBM eServer BladeCenter systems running Linux. "This new Linux solution, which just took three weeks to deploy, is 20 percent quicker than our previous setup and gives us the flexibility to add new blades so the system can easily scale to meet the needs of various projects, said Virgin Moneys Andy Makings, in a prepared statement.
As the company looks to grow its Linux solution, "it will be extremely beneficial to have the resources available at the IBM Linux Centre for Financial Services to test new configurations and applications," he said.
The other relatively new Big Blue Linux centers include the IBM Linux Center of Competence for Wall Street in New York; the E-Government Center and the Linux Integration Center, both in Germany; the Energy Competency Center in United Arab Emirates; the China-IBM Linux Solution Cooperation Center; the Open Computing Center in Singapore; the Linux Hub Center of Seoul National University; and the Linux Labs in Brazil. Jim Stallings, general manager for Linux at IBM, said that an increasing number of customers are realizing that the "cost savings, reliability, security and performance of Linux provides the foundation that will allow them to respond quickly to changing market conditions and meet the needs of their customers, suppliers and partners in an on-demand environment." Latest Linux News:
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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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