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.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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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.