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IBM Propels Linux for real e-business

Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment In Linux Services

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Extending Services </span></strong></p><p><span>IBM will strengthen its services commitment to Linux by investing more than & #036;300 million in building new Linux services during the next three years. Some of these services include: Linux e - 31 Jan 2001: IBM unveiled plans today for the IBM eServer x430, a powerful 64-way server designed to bridge the gap between smaller Intel-based platforms and the mainframe. The x430 will be the first enterprise server designed to take full advantage of the new Linux Application Environment (LAE), which provides additional scalability to today's Linux applications. Utilizing the x430 and LAE, customers will be able to scale from an Intel Uni-processor server all the way to the mainframe and maintain the reliability and interoperability of proven eServer technology. To further support the LAE, IBM has opened a U.S.-based Linux Competency Center in Beaverton, Oregon to enable ISV's to test applications running on the LAE.

Supporting Linux Solutions
·IBM unveiled an integrated suite of Linux-based software development tools and services that support the IBM PowerNP network processor. ISPs and networking equipment vendors can now increase network bandwidth and functionality by developing programming code for communications gear based on the IBM PowerNP network processor. The development tools can be used to cut months off the software development cycle for routers and other networking gear.

·Tivoli currently delivers key capabilities such as performance, software distribution, storage and security management on Linux and plans to expand the scope of Linux offerings throughout the year, with increased support for the Tivoli Management Environment. Tivoli products that support Linux include:
-Tivoli Management Environment, which unifies, simplifies and automates the management of networks, databases, applications, and the Internet;
-Tivoli Storage Manager, an end-to-end systems management solution that helps customers automate network backup, manage storage, and provide disaster recovery functions;
-Tivoli SANergy, which provides management of storage area networks; and
-Tivoli SecureWay Policy Director, which enables quick deployment of secure Web applications by controlling access to applications and data retrieved from Web browsers to Web devices.

·Lotus will now offer Domino Workflow on the Linux platform. The software will provide Linux users with access to adaptive workflow management services and tools for Web applications. Domino Workflow leverages the inherent benefits of the Lotus Domino platform including security, messaging and Web browser support, making it an ideal solution for creating a wide range of applications that run on Linux.

·IBM is also making the WebSphere Commerce Suite Start Edition available on SuSE and TurboLinux, in addition to Red Hat Linux. These announcements come on the heels of IBM's introduction of WebSphere Personalization on Linux, which allows customers to build tailored web pages that attract, engage and retain users.

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