IBM, HP Map Linux Migration Plans

With announcements forthcoming from LinuxWorld in San Francisco, IBM and HP are renewing efforts against Sun with new solutions to help customers and ISVs move away from SPARC/Solaris and onto Linux.

IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co. are putting renewed pressure on Sun Microsystems Inc. with new solutions to help customers and ISVs move away from SPARC/Solaris and onto Linux.

At this weeks LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco, IBM will announce new resources to help ISVs and developers port Linux applications to the companys Power microprocessor architecture, which is the foundation for IBMs pSeries, iSeries and BladeCenter JS20 platforms.

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HP will announce an expanded Solaris migration program that is targeted at ISVs developing applications for Solaris and that will provide incentives to foster development of Linux applications for HP ProLiant and Integrity servers.

Under the IBM program, customers can run Linux natively or in a logical partition with the Unix-based AIX 5L operating system for the pSeries and in a partition with the OS/400 operating system for the iSeries, officials said.

IBM will provide ISVs, developers and the academic community with resources and offerings to help them port, test, support and market Linux applications on the three Power platforms and is expanding its 3-month-old Virtual Loaner Program, said Scott Handy, IBMs vice president for worldwide Linux strategy, in Somers, N.Y., in an interview.

The new program will allow ISV partners to remotely access IBM hardware and operating systems through a secure Web portal over a VPN connection. IBM will make virtual pools of these servers available to its ISV member partners.

"The number of ISV Linux applications certified for Power has doubled to 600 in the first half of this year, and one of the things that is resonating with [ISVs] is the fact that they can get iSeries, pSeries and Power blade support with a single port and a single binary," Handy said.

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