In addition, HP and BEA Systems Inc. will announce next week that they have expanded their alliance to deliver comprehensive enterprise Linux solutions. "We will have a blueprint for those customers who want to deploy, say, a Web application server environment with HP and BEA and how we have integrated the offering and pretested it," Balma said. IBM last week announced a new server, a DB2 Linux integrated clustering environment, extended Linux support for its Lotus Software divisions client and server software, as well as several key Tivoli offerings.
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"We are moving full steam ahead with Linux, which will be evident at LinuxWorld as we roll out evidence of [Linuxs] continuing momentum and proof points of maturity in mission-critical applications. This is real stuff, and customers are doing real things with Linux," said Scott Handy, director of Linux software solutions for IBM, in Somers, N.Y. Red Hat next week will discuss a new strategy to enable Web applications development. The Raleigh, N.C., company is working with open-source organizations and developing offerings aimed at deploying and developing open-source applications, spokeswoman Leigh Day said.
SuSE will also use the show to promote its deal with Sun Microsystems Inc. under which its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0 will be preinstalled on Suns x86 Intel Corp.-based commodity server line, said Holger Dyroff, who heads SuSEs North American operations in Oakland, Calif. That deal follows a similar one between Sun and Red Hat.
SuSE also becomes a Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition source licensee and will distribute Suns Java Virtual Machine with all its Linux products. "This is the first step in our relationship with SuSE," Ann Wettersten, a Sun systems software vice president, told eWEEK, adding that software for the server will be available this fall.