IBM doubles down on Linux

IBM doubles down on Linux

Summary: IBM rolls out Power Systems Linux support and training across its customer-facing technology centers.


Less than a year after their announcement that they planned to invest a billion dollars in the Linux platform, IBM continues to ramp up their Linux play by rolling out Linux on Power System servers across 54 of the IBM Innovation and Client Centers worldwide. This comes almost two years after IBM announced that they had ported Linux to the Power Server platform.

The new services, announced last week at LinuxCon North America, are designed to get customers up and running on the Power Server environment while keeping their options open in terms of Linux flavor and applications. Support and training is now available to developers to build applications that can make use of the virtualization and parallel processing features of the Power Systems servers using Canonical Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Enterprise Server.

Doug Balog, General Manager of IBM Power Systems, has said that he believes that the Power system architecture, which is now positioned as an open source hardware and software solution set via the OpenPower Foundation, is a better choice for big data analytics and cloud computing than the racks of generic servers found in most datacenters.

The rollout of these new Linux services to customers, with their associated hands-on development and deployment expertise, should allow IBM to broaden the reach of Power Systems expertise. IBM can expand their customer base in the market segment of customers looking for high-performance big data analytics and more effective and efficient use of resources devoted to datacenter hardware and software.

This dovetails in neatly with IBM’s billion dollar investment in new datacenter facilities, including those supporting bare-metal cloud services via their Softlayer unit, of which IBM has announced two new datacenters to be built in Australia, just this week.

Topics: Data Centers, Big Data, IBM

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  • No Oracle Linux?

    "Power Systems servers using Canonical Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Enterprise Server."

    P.S. Of course IBM would not invest directly in Oracle Linux. However, Oracle will eventually get to see the RHEL code changes that resulted from this investment.

    P.P.S. Canonical, Ltd., detractors should note the inclusion of Ubuntu Linux.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
    • Linux on power isn't new

      IBM have sold linux on power for atleast 8 years (with SLES or RHEL being options) so this isn't new (Ubuntu linux is)
  • Doesn't mean anything

    other than the fact that perhaps Canonical's astronaut in chief at some point glad handed some of the right people. It isn't as though IBM had to go out of their way to include them.

    Ubuntu Server is to Linux Servers what OS X Server is to BSD servers.... as if to say, yes you can... but why?
    • "It isn't as though IBM had to go out of their way

      to include [Canonical, Ltd.]".

      You, apparently, didn't read the article. IBM just invested $1 billion U.S. in Linux, including RHEL server, SLES and Ubuntu server.

      IBM must see something in Canonical, Ltd., and Ubuntu Server that you do not.
      Rabid Howler Monkey
      • With the operative words being "in Linux"

        aside from Shuttleworth's Metro UI (aka Unity), there's nothing terribly remarkable about Ubuntu... its a glorified Debian. Rest assured that billion is invested in Linux, with likely very little (if any) specificity devoted to Ubuntu.
      • IBM sells services

        IBM can make more money "servicing" linux than they can with Windows.

        They also have a blind hatred of Microsoft, so will do anything they can to try and marginalise them, to wit, OS/2, Linux, etc. All failures, but big blue wants to thwart Microsoft where ever they can.

        Pure and simple
        • IBM sells *hardware*, *software (z/OS, AIX, DB2, etc.)* and services

          IBM partners with Red Hat, SUSE (Attachmate is the parent company) and Canonical, Ltd., to provide support for Linux servers.

          IBM provides support for its hardware, operating systems such as z/OS and AIX as well as its application software such as DB2.
          Rabid Howler Monkey
        • Yet another standard sophistry

          "The primary/only reason why people promote or use alternatives to MS products is hatred/envy." This is actually one of the older ones and is a variant on the "just jealous" theory (ie. "MS' critics are just jealous"). Of course, there's no chance whatever that there are any legitimate criticisms of MS, or that people might honestly prefer alternatives (or perhaps even a free software market).
          John L. Ries
        • IBM wants to make more money

          Like any other company, IBM is investing in Linux not specifically Ubuntu. IBM ran the metrics and for big data there is no other way. IBM is just following the trends. Nothing more.
          Tim Jordan
        • Blithering nonsense.

          This is an article about PPC hardware. How is anything Microsoft related even remotely relevant? There are very few choices for IBM here and NONE of them include Microsoft.

          No "blind hate" is required. No Microsoft product supports this architecture.

          This looks more like "indifference".
    • Ubuntu servers

      Asleep at the switch again?

      Ubuntu servers are deployed in mass at all the key Microsoft Cloud competitors.
      • Ubuntu servers, or Linux Servers?

        there is a difference
      • Ubuntu servers are also deployed on Microsoft Azure

        As Canonical, Ltd., is a Microsoft Azure business partner.
        Rabid Howler Monkey
        • citation please

          I have used Azure... App fabric and all that definitely are Windows hosted.

          Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.
          • Linux server images are available for deployment on Microsoft Azure

            "Linux on Azure-Endorsed Distributions"

            Canonical, Ltd., is indeed a Microsoft business partner and Ubuntu server is a Azure endorsed distro.

            ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley has written on this. Where were you?
            Rabid Howler Monkey
          • Azure is running on Windows 2012 R2

            But you can run a bunch of different Linux images within Hyper-V on them. As well as many server images to go with those OS images.
      • say what?

        IBM's cloud does not run on linux, I doubt Azure does either, no idea about Amazon, but I'd be surprised if they trusted their credibility to linux (although you could run a linux instance if you were stupid enough to want to, most people adopt a windows instance tho).
        • Wait, what?

          I think you have VMs the wrong way around there. Are you talking about linux running on Amazon or Amazon running on Linux? Amazon certainly do run their cloud on Linux hosts (guest OS is up to you), as does IBM. MS probably use Windows as their host, being that they make it (and Hyper-V only runs on Windows).

          You seem to be under the impression that Linux is some play-toy for nerds. I'm sorry to inform you that you are most certainly wrong about that.

          How about some statistics, for a start:

  • IBM doubles down on Linux

    This will sink the company faster than they are now. Using anything with linux is a recipe for disaster.
    • Truth is not relative and facts are not opinions