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IBM Launches Collaboration Center for UNIX


ARMONK, NY - 16 Dec 2005: IBM today announced the opening of the AIX Collaboration Center (ACC). Through a two-year, $200 million investment, IBM will use the center -- based in Austin, Texas -- to collaborate with customers, developers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and academics to drive innovation around AIX technology; and to develop, test and adopt new applications and middleware for the AIX operating system.

The AIX Collaboration Center will focus on driving systems-level innovations around key technology areas like virtualization, security, performance and scalability, and will assist ISVs in advancing their applications on AIX by exploiting new pSeries hardware and software capabilities. It will offer a wide range of resources including education, equipment, access to skilled technical consultants and remote or onsite testing capabilities to help enable their applications for AIX and the latest 64-bit POWER systems.

"Symantec and IBM have successfully collaborated to deliver industry leading datacenter solutions that support customers' AIX environments," said Kris Hagerman, senior vice president, Storage and Server Management Group, Symantec. "Symantec continues in its commitment to help IBM drive additional innovation around AIX technology, particularly in mission-critical, highly available application environments. We look forward to participating in IBM's AIX Collaboration Center."

"SAS and IBM have a strong history of working together to ensure that SAS' industry leading business intelligence and analytic applications take full advantage of the underlying IBM infrastructure," said Clarke Thacher, senior manager of UNIX research and development at SAS. "IBM's newly formed AIX Collaboration Center will help strengthen this collaboration and further advance SAS solutions on IBM's POWER architecture and AIX 5L operating system."

The AIX Collaboration Center will provide customers and partners with new programs and tools as well as early access to new technologies to refine the capabilities and features of the AIX operating system prior to each release. Additionally, they will have access to technical experts and resources to help them deploy current AIX and virtualization technologies. The AIX Collaboration Center will draw on the experience and expertise of IBM Research, Global Services, Software Group as well as multiple external resources to create a tight-knit community that will focus on driving innovation around the AIX operating system and related software technologies.

"We expect the AIX Collaboration Center to build on the current wave of momentum around AIX in the marketplace," said Adalio Sanchez, General Manager, IBM pSeries. "This announcement underscores IBM's strategy to continue to lead the market and work with the community to create technologies based on the needs of customers and partners."

The AIX Collaboration Center will be managed by Satya Sharma, an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the chief AIX architect for the company. More information is available at http://www.ibm.com/servers/aix/collaborationcenter/index.html.

Contact(s) information

Jill Holt
IBM Media Relations
(914) 766-4123
jolt@us.ibm.com

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