By: Jeff Scheel.
It's been a few weeks since I have posted. I was on-the-road, doing what I affectionately call "dog on pony shows" where I am "just a dog." The trip started with 4 days of business meetings in Birmingham, UK. Most of these included presentations at the IBM STU on PowerLinux Trends and Direction as well as the IBM Software Development Toolkit. Following the event, we met with various customers, business partners, and system integrators in Bracknell, UK; Amsterdam, NL; and Brussells, Belgium.
Let me show my engineering background and provide my thoughts as a list (Sorry, Mom, I know paragraphs are preferred forms of writing, but as you know, I didn't did better in Engineering than English classes):
- The new PowerLinux servers are a great conversation starter. The competitive Total Cost of Acquisition (TCA) story eliminates the largest barrier to starting any discussion. If you have not already priced one out, pick your solution and learn more here.
- Many customers and partners are excited about emerging solutions in the area of Big Data Analytics. While they may not yet be implementing solutions, they all agree they have large volumes of unstructured data from which they will be attempting to learn in the coming years. The knowledge that PowerLinux is already focused on this solution space provides assurance of a roadmap forward.
- PowerLinux has made a program commitment to providing value-add that is resonating with who appear tired of owning the integration and support for separate hardware and software components. IBM's commitment begins with our investment in Linux as a technology lead by the IBM Linux Technology Center. To us in IBM's LTC, Linux is much more than software which runs on IBM HW: Linux is a vibrant community creating industry leading software based on values of open source software. On top of this foundation, PowerLinux delivers additional value to customers and partners through many aspects including delivering systems pre-installed with Linux, providing an optional Installation Toolkit for customers unfamiliar with Linux Installation, maintaining a YUM repository of value-add tooling for Linux-savvy customers, documenting extensively Linux use on Power Systems and PowerLinux servers through the IBM Information Center, facilitating application creation and porting through the PowerLinux Software Development Kit (SDK), supporting PowerLinux with IBM's world-class support capabilities just like our other Power operating systems, and committing to a technical community (this one) where all of these programs can be anchored, organized, and shared.
- The PowerLinux commitment to an SDK will be instrumental to the application ecosystem beyond what even I imagined. Our goal remains to provide a single integration point for PowerLinux application development on x86 hardware that is friendly and recognized to Linux application developers (Eclipse). We've only just begun this journey, but our tools which today are still running natively on PowerLinux are providing such dividends that customers are starting to ask if they should do their Linux and AIX application development with them. So, if you and/or your company have Linux applications (homegrown or formal offerings), be sure to take a look at our toolkit. It's free and we'll take your feedback on the community message board! Here's a link to the session presentation detailing many of the features of the toolkit.
That's all for now. As usual, comments, feedback, and questions are always welcome.