The IBM eServer z900, the reinvented mainframe, took top honors at the 2001 LinuxWorld Expo. The z900 was named Best Hardware in the annual competition recognizing outstanding accomplishments in the Linux community.
“This honor is significant for both IBM and our customers,” said John Morris, vice president, sales and marketing, Enterprise Servers, IBM. “It confirms our belief that Linux is ready for real e-business, especially when combined with the new power of the z900.”
Recognition for the IBM eServer z900 at LinuxWorld comes as IBM is strengthening its support for Linux on the mainframe. As demonstrated at LinuxWorld, thousands of virtual Linux servers – each one created in seconds -- can run simultaneously within one z900, making the server the ideal platform for e-business-intensive operations like application service providers, Internet service providers and technology hosting companies.
These companies must be equipped to manage and keep separate their own customers' individual workloads and requirements. In the past, this has required a large number of servers and a huge investment in real estate. Now, however, a single IBM z900 offers an attractive alternative to power-hungry, expensive server farms.
The LinuxWorld Expo Awards were presented at a ceremony on February 1, in New York City.