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1 Bill_Buros commented Permalink

While somewhat buried in your post here, the Power Linux trends and direction presentation has a great deal of very interesting information. Highly recommended reading material!

2 alanmoon commented Permalink

Jeff, I enjoyed your sessions last week and your passion for Linux.

Regarding "Why Power Linux" is a simple answer for our AIX team. Performance, scalability, and redundant VIO servers are the answers. Our management is fully aware that running Linux is not a "free or super low cost option" and they are willing to run Linux on power when the application/workload fit. I'm running into vendors who support their products on Windows or Linux, but only on x86 Linux. How can IBM and the users encourage software vendors to support Power Linux?

3 jscheel commented Permalink

Alan, Thanks for your feedback and question. The discussion with ISVs can be a tricky one. As one would expect, the discussion around supporting POWER often becomes a businesscase discussion, especially for existing applications. ISVs are generally not looking for another platform to support, especially when they already have a solution on POWER. That means, we should searching for ISVs who have Linux applications, not yet on Power. These could be existing or emerging solutions. In fact, we're doing precisely that when focusing on Watson, Big Data, Hadoop, Cloud and other emerging workloads. We recognize that the "cool" work is being done on Linux and the best way to ensure a POWER solution is to enable Power Linux with the base workload.

In the meantime, if you have a good candidate solution, you should take two actions. First, please reach out to the ISV and ask them if they've considered supporting the platform. IBM has tools (Chiphopper) and programs through PartnerWorld to help them leverage the value of "single OS, multiple platform" that Linux provides. Additionally, the Power Linux SDK has tooling built in which facilitates porting and tuning. Once you have their commitment and a contact, approach us (I'm fine as a first point of contact) and we can reach out to them.