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IBM Introduces LinuxONE™

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International Business Machines Corp. (IBM)  has  launched Linux-only mainframe servers called LinuxONE.  The severs include LinuxONE Emperor for large enterprises and Rockhopper for mid-size businesses. IBM said LinuxONE  Emperor can scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or thousands of containers, which would be the most for any single Linux system.   The LinuxONE Emperor system will be based on IBM’s z13 mainframe computer, which had been designed for high-volume mobile transactions.

The new portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions, provides two distinct Linux systems for large enterprises and mid-size businesses. LinuxONE Emperor, based on the IBM z13, is the world’s most advanced Linux system with the fastest processor in the industry.

The system is capable of analyzing transactions in “real time” and can be used to help prevent fraud as it is occurring. The system can scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or thousands of containers – currently the most of any single Linux system. LinuxONE Rockhopper, an entry into the portfolio, is designed for clients and emerging markets seeking the speed, security and availability of the mainframe but in a smaller package.

On the other hand, LinuxONE Rockhopper is created for the customers who want the security, speed and availability benefits of the mainframe but in a smaller package.

IBM’s LinuxONE systems, available April 17th, 2015, are the most secure Linux systems with advanced encryption features built into both the hardware and software to help keep customer data and transactions confidential and secure. Protected-key, available on LinuxONE, provides significantly enhanced security over clear-key technology and offers up-to 28X improved performance over standard secure-key technology[1].

The LinuxOne system will work with open software such as Apache Spark, Maria, Posture and Chef. IBM has also partnered with UK-based Canonical Ltd to distribute its Ubuntu open source software on LinuxONE and IBM z Systems.

To learn more about IBM LinuxONE, watch this short video.

[1] Based on IBM tests of the LinuxONE system compared to standard secure-key technology.

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