IBM HAS REAFFIRMED its commitment to Linux with the announcement of an extension to Power Systems Linux.
Following on from the company's $1bn financial commitment to the Linux operating system last year, IBM will add Power Systems Linux to the Power Systems services already available for AIX and IBM iSeries servers at 54 IBM Innovation Centres and Client Centres. This will enable Linux systems to better use IBM's Power8 parallel processing and advanced virtualisation.
Furnishing these centres with resources to aid Linux adoption represents a 10 times increase in support resource availability.
IBM explained that as part of the offering, Linux developers can take part in training workshops, both in-person and online, that will teach them how to migrate services to IBM with a variety of Linux distributions including Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Canonical Ubuntu Server.
Big Blue also said that it will make available hands-on assistance from IBM business consulting specialists and business partners to create joint market strategies.
"Businesses are looking for the latest open server innovations to help them capitalise on Big Data and cloud computing. They want new technologies that can achieve this faster and more cost-effectively than the racks upon racks of commodity servers heating up their data centers today," said IBM GM of Power Systems Doug Balog.
"IBM's Power System technologies and Linux can meet these needs and provide innovators with an advanced architecture to create new kinds of software applications to help clients gain a competitive advantage."
In April, IBM announced a version of Hadoop database systems for Linux on System Z mainframes, known as Zdoop, along with a version of its z/OS software aimed at mobile workloads.
On Tuesday, founder Linus Torvalds took to Twitter to remind us that it's 23 years since the first version of Linux was released.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, LINUX!
— Linus Torvalds (@Linus__Torvalds) August 26, 2014
Also last week, The Linux Foundation announced a certification scheme, which can be taken anytime, anywhere to provide accreditation for roles in the expanding open-source market. µ