IBM delivers new Linux offerings from devices to servers
Jan. 22, 2003 — At LinuxWorld New York, IBM today announced a variety of new offerings that can help companies expand the use of Linux across an e-business infrastructure, making it easier to integrate everything from access devices to servers with hardware, software and services on the open source operating system.
The new offerings are designed to meet the needs of multiple industries, including financial services, insurance, and retail, as businesses broaden the use of Linux to connect remote and mobile workers with up-to-date information.
IBM will provide Linux client support for its Lotus iNotes(TM) Web Access software, enabling users to access Lotus-Notes-based functions, such as e-mail, calendaring and scheduling, by simply logging onto the Web. This new capability brings the flexibility and lower cost of browser-based messaging to Linux users.
In addition, IBM announced enhancements to its Linux hardware and software offerings for Linux, including a new reference platform that makes it easier to create Linux-based smartphones and personal digital assistants (PDAs); Tivoli systems management software for Linux; integrated software and services for its mainframe Linux support; as well as performance improvements for Intel processor-based Linux servers running Linux.
With today’s announcement, the Lotus iNotes software will now support the most recent Linux version of Netscape, a popular browser based on Mozilla, allowing businesses to easily integrate deskless workers with critical data and applications. This new offering gives users access to Lotus Domino(TM)-based applications anywhere, anytime through any Internet connection. Combining the flexibility and manageability of a corporate-level Web client, with the performance and security of Linux, can help customers lower the overall costs of their messaging solutions.
As Linux continues to gain momentum in every industry, IBM’s iNotes Web Access, is especially appealing to the financial sector, allowing banking organizations to offer branch employees secure access to e-mail and calendaring functions over the Internet, while eliminating the costs of having a separate, dedicated e-mail system at each branch office.
The Lotus iNotes announcement builds on hardware, software, and services offerings that extend IBM’s Linux leadership and expand the extensive Linux resources designed to help customers, while advancing the power and performance of Linux. Additional offerings announced today include:
IBM reference design for low-powered devices running Java/ Linux: IBM demonstrates a new reference design, an integrated hardware/software “blue print”, for use in low-power devices including personal digital assistants (PDAs) and handheld computers. Based on the IBM PowerPC 405 LP embedded processor, MontaVista Linux Consumer Electronics Edition (CEE), as well as IBM and partner software, it supports speech and handwriting recognition, multimedia and mobile office functions. Additional features include support for security, browsing, and data synchronization for enterprise and consumer connectivity. Also included is IBM WebSphere Micro Environment(TM), IBM’s embedded Java Powered(TM) Java Runtime Environment. The software is designed to take advantage of the PowerPC 405 LP power management features by dynamically controlling the processor power usage. The reference design aims to make it quicker and easier for manufacturers to bring to market power efficient Java(TM)/Linux-based handhelds and other devices. Elements of the software are available now, with an integrated platform scheduled to be made available in Q2 ’03.
IBM Tivoli System Automation for Linux – IBM Tivoli System Automation for Linux provides customers with a high availability solution that is designed to reduce operational complexity and costs. As part of IBM’s autonomic computing initiative, IBM Tivoli System Automation for Linux provides policy-based self-healing capabilities to quickly identify failing IT components and automatically notify and/or alleviate the underlying problem. Additionally, enterprises using IBM Tivoli System Automation can experience drastically reduced automation implementation time and increased operational efficiency. IBM Tivoli System Automation for Linux runs on IBM eServer(TM) zSeries(TM) and xSeries(TM) platforms.
IBM eServer Integrated Platform for e-business on zSeries – The Integrated Platform for e-business offers customers one-stop-shopping to implement an integrated Linux solution on the eServer zSeries mainframe. With the offering, customers choose from pre-configured and tested hardware and software packages that provide all of the components to quickly build a reliable, Linux and mainframe-based e-business, including:
* SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 for S/390 and zSeries
* z/VM v4.3(TM)
* WebSphere Application Server AE v4.0.4.
* IBM Directory Server (LDAP) v4.1
* One year of software support and IBM Global Services Linuxline support
* Optional installation and customization support from IBM Global Services and IBM Global Financing
The announcement is the second phase of IBM’s commitment to deliver integrated Linux solutions across its entire eServer line of products. In May of last year, IBM introduced the eServer Integrated Platform for e-business on eServer xSeries servers. The Integrated Platform is planned to be available on the eServer pSeries and iSeries servers later this year.
IBM DB2 for Linux Clustering Solution – The DB2 for Linux Clustering solution provides customers with a high performance data management system that can scale from two to 1,000 nodes in a clustered Linux environment. Based on marketshare leader IBM DB2 Universal Database and the IBM eServer xSeries platform, the solution includes WebSphere Application Server, Tivoli systems management software, SuSE Linux 8 and SAP solutions such as SAP R/3, mySAP CRM and mySAP Business Intelligence. The DB2 for Linux Clustering solution enables customers to rapidly deploy up to 40 nodes in two days and is targeted at the financial, retail, manufacturing and public sector industries. DB2 for Linux enables customers to build on their existing business assets, lowering the total cost of computing and generating a fast return on investment.
IBM eServer x345 – IBM introduced a refresh to its Intel processor-based eServer x345 server. The eServer x345, IBM’s two-way rack-based server now delivers Intel Xeon(TM) performance with increased speeds up to 2.8GHz. The new server adds support for Intel’s faster, 533 MHz front side bus – the physical connection between the processor and memory.
IBM eServer p650 with Linux – IBM brings native Linux to the midrange pSeries with the p650. The eight-way p650 with POWER4+ running Linux achieved leading results for peak sustainable memory bandwidth in a standard STREAM(a) benchmark. IBM pSeries Linux servers provide large memory capabilities, advanced floating point computing, 64-bit addressability, tuned compilers, and logical partitioning. These features help customers take advantage of POWER4 microprocessor technology to deliver high-performance applications, backed by a proven architecture. IBM’s support for Linux on IBM eServer pSeries systems is complementary to AIX and represents an unprecedented level of choice and integration for customers.
IBM Speed Start Your Linux Apps 2003 – Responding to strong developer demand, IBM updated the Speed Start Your Linux App offering for 2003. The updated offering includes a new website with free technical support and a new IBM Software Evaluation Kit (SEK) for Linux, a set of four CDs that include no-charge evaluation copies of IBM’s most popular software offerings: Eclipse-based WebSphere Studio tools, WebSphere Application Server and Web Services Toolkit, DB2 Database, Lotus Domino collaboration software, and Tivoli Management Software. The new SEK includes Tivoli software and includes support for the new UnitedLinux V1.0 server distribution, in addition to Red Hat Advanced Server. Developers can receive the new SEK via CDs or as a download from the newly updated developerWorks Speed Start sitehttp://www.ibm.com/developerworks/speed, IBM’s resource for open, standards-based development. In 2002, more than 345,000 kits were distributed to developers creating new Linux-based applications for IBM software with over 34,000 developers registering for at the Speed Start site for free technical support for Linux and the IBM software for Linux and developing over 4,200 new Linux applications using IBM Software.
Speed-start your Linux App for IBM eServer pSeries – IBM delivers free access to key software to assist Independent Software vendors and business partners as they create and port Linux -based applications that support the new pSeries Linux servers. Developers who register with the program, will receive the Software Evaluation Kit for Linux CD, which includes evaluation copies of IBM’s most popular software, including DB2, WebSphere and Tivoli and free tech support for the IBM software. IBM will also provide application development tools that support the new pSeries platform running Linux, including a Web services Development Kit which includes IBM’s Java Virtual Machine (JVM) technology and 64-bit POWER enabled C/C++ and FORTRAN compilers.