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.
Recently, IBM again showcased it’s longstanding commitment to open source and virtualization, by backing KVM the Linux-based hypervisor. Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) is the next step in the evolution of x86 virtualization technology. KVM is an open source hypervisor that provides enterprise-class performance, scalability and security to run Windows and Linux workloads. KVM provides businesses with a cost-effective alternative to other x86 hypervisors, and enables a lower-cost, more scalable, and open Cloud.
Linux evolved as a leading enterprise OS, thanks to the community of developers, and KVM will evolve for the same reasons. Since KVM is based on Linux, KVM takes advantage of the scheduler, memory management, power management hardware device drivers, platform support, and other features continuously being produced by the thousands of developers in the Linux community. This gives KVM a significant "feature velocity" that other virtualization solutions cannot match.
Celebrate with us as IBM wins this prestigious “Best Linux Server Vendor” Award.
Jean Staten Healy
Director, WW cross-IBM Linux and Open Virtualization