Whats in Store for LinuxWorld

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-08-04 Print this article Print

Vendors pushing new products despite SCO controversy.

As the Linux and open-source faithful flock to San Francisco for the annual LinuxWorld conference this week, the legal brouhaha between IBM and The SCO Group does not appear to be having any effect on customer willingness to implement the operating system or vendors ability to deliver for the enterprise.

Linux experts say the show will all but ignore the SCO controversy and instead focus on the growing mission-critical position of Linux. Hewlett-Packard Co., Red Hat Inc. and SuSE Linux AG are just a few of the companies planning Linux announcements at the show.

Many customers have so far also shrugged off the SCO threats and are moving forward with Linux projects.

Travel Web site Orbitz LLC, of Chicago, runs more than 750 Linux machines in its production environments and continues to roll more out every month. A company spokeswoman told eWEEK that SCOs litigation is having no effect on Orbitzs decision to move forward with Linux plans.

Major vendors also continue to roll out new Linux-based products and services, including HP, which this week will announce the new LC (Linux Compute) cluster. It will provide a turnkey cluster ranging from 16 to 128 nodes and offer users a choice of different interconnects and management software as well as different versions of Red Hat software, said HP officials, in Cupertino, Calif.

The LC Series is an out-of-the-box solution, using ProLiant DL380 and DL360 servers running Linux, including racks, software and interconnects for the entry-level-to-midrange Linux computational market, said Mike Balma, HPs Linux business strategist.

The starting price for a 16-node, entry-level LC cluster with Fast Ethernet is $75,000, while a 128-node, high-performance LC cluster will start at about $713,000, which includes integration, installation, testing and shipping, Balma said.

On the management side, HP is rolling out the ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack for Linux, which will automate the process of deploying and redeploying server software on its ProLiant servers. In addition, HPs ServiceGuard management software will now support Red Hat Enterprise Server and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8. They are certified for up to 16 nodes. The software includes MySQL and Oracle Corp. tool kits for rapid integration and increased HP ProLiant and StorageWorks portfolio coverage.

Support is also planned for 64-bit HP Integrity servers late this year. Another offering, HP OpenView GlancePlus for Linux, is software that helps monitor performance in Linux systems so customers can fine-tune the performance of a system.

Next page: HP, BEA expanding alliance.

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 www.eweek.com.


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