IBM and SAP announce availability of® on Linux for eServer zSeries

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CeBIT, Hannover, Germany - 22 Mar 2001: With a live demonstration of large-scale Linux use, IBM and SAP AG (NYSE ADR: SAP) today announced plans to deliver the® e-business platform on Linux for the IBM eServer zSeries with shipment to first customers in the second quarter of 2001.

"Since early 1999, SAP has successfully supported Linux as a mature, reliable operating system for e-business solutions" says Karl-Heinz Hess, member of the SAP Extended Executive Board. "With IBM supporting Linux on the eServer zSeries, customers now benefit immediately from the availability of on this hardware platform. The early SAP commitment to Linux proves to be the right decision."

By offering on both Linux and z/OS on the zSeries platform, IBM and SAP will provide customers with the opportunity to select the appropriate application server environment with respect to their needs. The Linux acquisition cost advantages can be combined with the qualities of service and integration capabilities of z/OS all on the same hardware platform.

"Linux on the IBM eServer z900 is a powerful choice for SAP customers seeking a high-performance, open infrastructure for their e-business applications," said Dan Colby, general manager, Enterprise Servers, IBM. "This combination of technologies -- with and the z900 at its core --- provides our mutual customers with superior reliability, outstanding systems management, and breadth of applications available on Linux, all at a competitive price."

This allows customers to immediately deploy SAP® e-business solutions on the eServer zSeries platform. Customers can rely on proven Open Source technology, exploit 64-bit virtual storage, and consolidate their server investment.

"With on Linux for IBM eServer zSeries we are able to run a comprehensive e-business solution on one server. This combines the high scalability and reliability of a 64-bit zSeries platform with leading-edge innovations of an open source environment", says Heinz-Peter Bröckskes, managing director of ScaleOn GmbH, Germany. ScaleOn GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayer AG, Germany, hosting all European solutions and mainframe systems of Bayer AG and of other external companies.

"The early support of on Linux was a major breakthrough for Linux in the enterprise solutions space" says Dirk Hohndel, Chief Technology Officer SuSE Linux AG. "Now, on Linux for IBM eServer zSeries proves the viability of Linux on multiple hardware platforms."

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