The moves are part of IBM's further expansion into China, a nation where the company already has a substantial presence. With the opening of the first Linux innovation center for Power Systems clients and business partners, known as the Power Systems Linux Center, located inside IBM's China Systems Center in Beijing, IBM will make it simpler for software developers to build and deploy new applications for big data, cloud, mobile and social business computing on open technology building blocks using Linux and the latest IBM POWER 7+ processor technology.
IBM introduced the new Linux center at a press conference in Beijing on May 14.
In its collaboration with Red Hat and SUSE, IBM is providing Chinese enterprises with technology to meet increasing demand from businesses in China for optimized and pre-integrated computing systems running enterprise applications on Linux. The companies will use the new center to help drive more Linux-based solutions in the marketplace and accelerate Linux adoption on Power Systems.
IBM said the new center is open to clients, business partners, academics and students across the nation. Skills resources include Linux training workshops that show developers how to program, port and optimize their applications using Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server technologies on Power Systems. The center also will offer hands-on assistance from 30 dedicated Linux and IBM systems experts to show developers how to take advantage of IBM's POWER7+ parallel processing and advanced virtualization capabilities. In addition, IBM will provide access to its business consulting experts and business partner co-marketing resources to develop joint go-to-market strategies for Power System and Linux-based solutions.
Company officials said the new center comes at a time when businesses in China are aggressively taking advantage of big data, cloud, mobile and social computing projects to capture continued growth in industries such as financial markets, banking, communications, retail and transportation. More Chinese clients are choosing IBM's Power Systems for these workloads instead of commodity x86 hardware due to the POWER processor's ability to handle up to twice as many tasks at the same time, compared with x86 architecture and the capacity to run more unique workloads on each server.
"As enterprise adoption of Red Hat Enterprise Linux grows, companies are looking for faster and simpler ways to take advantage of it for new kinds of workloads like big data and cloud computing to achieve the best possible performance for their applications," Sen Min Chang, general manager for Red Hat Greater China Group, said in a statement. "Red Hat and IBM have collaborated since the early days of the open-source movement to bring new innovations into industries where rapid expansion is creating new opportunities for open-source solutions. The new IBM Power Systems Linux Center will address these opportunities, especially for our joint Power Systems clients and partners, and we look forward to serving this important group of users together."
In February, IBM introduced three new Linux-based Power Systems, each designed to handle big data and cloud workloads to satisfy the volume, velocity and variety of today's high-performance analytics as well as the growing demand for flexible cloud-based services delivery models. These systems come pre-integrated from the factory with Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux, and are optimized for IBM's big data analytics software, including IBM InfoSphere BigInsights and InfoSphere Streams software, along with IBM Platform Symphony and MapReduce for high-performance business analytics.