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IBM Wins “Best Linux Server Vendor” Award
By: Robert MacFarlan.
Linux Journal just released their 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. I am very pleased to share in this blog that IBM is the winner in the “Best Linux Server Vendor” category, for the second year in a row.
Every year, Linux Journal invites its readership to cast their vote for their favorite Linux vendor. This year, over 20 server vendors were nominated for the “Best Linux Server Vendor” award including Dell, HP and Sun Microsystems. The awards are announced in the December issue of the Linux Journal.
Shawn Powers, Linux Journal Editor, elaborated:
"IBM proved again this year that it is king of the server room. Based on value, reliability, compatibility and support, IBM beat the competition to be our readers' favorite server vendor.“
IBM's win in this category is a testament to IBM’s long standing commitment to Linux. Eleven years ago, IBM announced a $1 billion dollar investment in Linux, taking the technology from a successful science project to a major force in business IT. Not only was this a turning point for Linux and the Linux community, it was also a pivotal moment in IBM's history. This investment was one of the first times IBM made a decision to embrace open source software and make it core to our business strategy.
Today that tradition continues. IBM is consistently among the top commercial contributors of Linux code as measured regularly by The Linux Foundation's "Who writes Linux" series. Linux also continues to be a fundamental component of IBM business -- embedded deeply in hardware, software, services and internal deployment.
This award is proof of how great IBM systems with Linux - such as Watson – are. You may not be aware that Watson is running Linux on a scale-out Hadoop cluster of Power Systems, optimized for Jeopardy! with natural language technologies from IBM Research. With Watson experience under our belts, we continue to invest in optimizing new solutions around Power Linux.
Only IBM has the Linux, IT, virtualization, industry, and solution integration expertise to design optimized solutions for our clients’ needs - whether they require emerging new applications like big data or lower operational costs for existing workloads. More than 3900 companies have moved to IBM Power-based systems from competitive platforms over the past five years because we understand the business requirement to maximize IT investments while reducing complexity, risk and costs. Existing clients are migrating or consolidating x86 servers to Power, bringing screaming performance, industry-leading RAS, and efficient virtualization to traditional Linux applications like Web and network infrastructure.
Learn more about what Power Linux and integrated virtualization can do for your business by downloading Edison Group's latest report about scaling out with PowerVM - and get up to 200 times better throughout performance than with VMware on Intel x86-based platforms.
Jean Staten Healy
Director, WW cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization
By: Steve Champagne.
Interested in service and productivity (aka RAS) tools for your PowerLinux server?
By: Steve Champagne.
For information about performance tuning on your PowerLinux system, be sure to see the A Tuning Guide for PowerLinux section of Performance Rocks - Best Practices.
I added three new sections there today:
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If you are an IBM Business Partner or IBM employee who needed remote access to Power Systems servers in the past, you might have come across the Virtual Loaner Program (VLP). The VLP is gone now, but not to worry, it has been replaced by the Power Development Platform (PDP).
In addition to the name change, the program added new features and comes with an improved web interface. As did the VLP, the PDP focuses on bringing ISVs, other Business Partners and IBM employees worldwide remote access to IBM POWER processor-based servers on the IBM AIX, IBM i and Linux operating systems. The PDP brings the latest in IBM Power Systems hardware for porting, testing, certifying and demonstrating applications.
Outside of a new Linux porting image with IBM DB2 10.x and IBM WebSphere 8.5.5., which will especially interest the PowerLinux community members, the other enhancements include areas such as improved reservation navigation, the capability to allow expansion beyond Virtual Server Access and deeper social media integration to provide users with more news and information.
So, check out the PDP site at ibm.com/partnerworld/pdp and see it for yourselves. Please note that you need to be a PartnerWorld member or an IBM employee to reserve a virtual system.
This paper describes the availability and use of the recently released Oracle 11gR2 Instant Clients. These are used to develop applications on Linux on Power that need a connection to the Oracle DB. Building an application with these Instant Clients allows the application to connect with an Oracle DB running on any platform Oracle delivers the database on.