Brazil, Russia and IBM pursue Linux

By   |  October 19, 2003

The Brazilian Government and IBM have signed a letter of intent stating a common interest in concentrating their efforts and resources to develop technology based on open standards, such as Linux. Initially, the objective is to foster the use of open-source operating systems within the public sector by creating the infrastructure and professional skills needed.

\”This agreement will help Brazil increase the use of open standards,\” said Rogerio Oliveira, president of IBM Brazil. \”IBM believes the public sector can benefit tremendously because open standards bring better interoperability, lower costs, and greater scalability.

\”Linux can play a fundamental role in the economic development strategy of developing countries, such as Brazil. Universities worldwide have become very proficient in open-source software including Linux. In Brazil, the community of open-source developers is growing and we are very open to discussions with the government on how IBM can contribute.\”

Earlier in the week IBM also announced it will be working with the Russian government to establish a Linux Competency Center in Moscow intended to provide a hands-on environment to drive application and solution development, offer support, consulting, education and provide Linux product and solution certification.

IBM and the Russian Ministry of Communications and Computerization agreed to launch a new Linux Competency Center in Moscow, Russia. The new center will be set up to help customers of every size from industry, academia and government to take full advantage of the reliability, flexibility and total cost of ownership that Linux provides.

The Moscow Technical University of Communications (MTUCI) has also committed to contributing open source skills and technical solutions to the center.

The Linux Competency Center is designed to provide a hands-on environment to simulate real world scenarios, drive application and solution development, offer support, consulting, education and provide Linux product and solution certification.

IBM resources available in the Moscow Linux Center of Competency will include a variety of IBM TotalStorage products running Linux; including eServer xSeries systems, high-powered Linux clusters, as well as, IBM software including WebSphere, DB2, Lotus, Tivoli and Rational offerings that deliver integration, database, collaboration and security capabilities. IBM will also assign skilled Linux specialists to the center, as well as, link the Moscow center with Linux Competency Centers around the world.

\”We believe this new center created jointly with the Russian Ministry will rapidly facilitate development of new Linux based solutions for governments, academia and commercial customers in Russia. The center will also offer Russian technology vendors a key opportunity to play a significant role in the world wide Linux community,\” said Val Rahmani, Vice President IBM Corporate Strategy.

\”IT solutions based on Linux and open standards will open up great opportunities to businesses in Russia. In particular this center will help create a Linux ecosystem enabling Russian hi-tech companies to expand into global markets faster\”, said Andrey Korotkov, Deputy Minister in the Russian Ministry of Communications and Computerization.

The center is also open to Linux distributors and IBM Business Partners to evaluate and test key applications on Linux.
With the opening of this center, IBM and the Russian Ministry underscore their commitment to new information technologies and open standards.

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