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..delivers three Linux-support firsts, breaks new ground on the mainframe..

IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new Internet e-infrastructure software for
Linux. The announcement is IBM's latest initiative to support Linux
throughout its portfolio of e-business software, servers and services and
gives IBM the broadest database Linux support in the industry, from
handheld devices to the mainframe.

The company is also delivering three Linux-support firsts, including:

· The only Web Application Server software available for Linux on the

· The availability of DB2 Universal Database for Linux on Intel clusters

· The only database software available for Linux on the mainframe.

According to IDC, Linux became the number two operating system in 1999 in
new server shipments with 1.3 million licenses and anticipates Linux to
remain the fastest growing server operating system through 2004, with a
compound annual growth rate of 28 percent from 2000 - 2004. The market
opportunity for software on Linux is expected to grow even faster, with
relational database servers expected to increase from $30 million in 2000
to $3.4 billion in 2004, a compound annual growth rate of 226%.

Today's news also follows on the heels of the first major commercial Linux
installation in Europe. Telia, Scandanavia's largest telecommunications
and internet service provider, announced it will replace 70 existing web
hosting Unix servers with a single IBM S/390. The company will also move
is current storage servers to a 11.4 Terabyte Enterprise Storage Server
(Shark) and replace its existing customer billing system based on an
Oracle database.

To fulfill this growing market opportunity and offer expanded support to
its customers, IBM is delivering the following additions to its Linux
software portfolio. DB2 and WebSphere products for Linux are available as
an integrated solution for customers wishing to develop web applications
on top of a database server.

· DB2 Universal Database Enterprise-Extended Edition (EEE), the industry's
first offering for Intel clusters on Linux, an ideal solution for
multi-terabyte databases supporting multiple processors through server
clustering.DB2 Universal Database Enterprise Edition (EE), the industry's
only Linux database offering on the IBM zSeries*** and S/390 platforms.
DB2 Connect, the industry's first solution to allow customers to easily
access their legacy data while deploying new applications on Linux, also
on the IBM mainframe.

· DB2 Connect, the industry's first solution that allows customers to
integrate their Linux applications running on distributed platforms to the
zSeries and S/390 solutions. WebSphere Application Server, Advanced
Edition, Version 3.5, which supports high-performance, scaleable Web
sites, is being delivered for Linux running on the mainframe, it's the
industry's only Linux Web application server software offering for the
zSeries and S/390 servers; this software is also being delivered for Linux
running on Intel servers.

· WebSphere Application Server, Standard Edition, Version 3.5, which helps
Web site developers quickly transform static Web sites into vital sources
of dynamic Web content, this software is being delivered for Linux running
on Intel servers.

According to a recent Zona Research study, 80 percent of respondents found
operating stability and reliability to be the most important attribute for
customers choosing Linux. In addition to providing these leadership
strengths in DB2 and WebSphere, IBM is also providing customers with a
cost-effective alternative as their business grows.

The IT industry is facing escalating costs in system deployment and a
shortage of skills. By deploying DB2 and WebSphere on Linux, developers
can benefit from increased productivity by taking advantage of a write
once development code. For example, a customer deploying DB2 for Linux on
an Intel server can easily upgrade to a zSeries server without the need to
develop a new Linux code to support the upgrade. With support for the
zSeries and S/390 servers, customers benefit from the unmatched
reliability and scalability of DB2 and WebSphere and can benefit from
reduced costs by consolidating multiple Linux servers onto one server


Distributor Support

Today's announcements are supported by the world's leading Linux
distributors including Red Hat, SuSE and TurboLinux, all who have long
supported IBM's Linux-based hardware and software portfolio. Additionally,
IBM's DB2 has been chosen by all three distributors as their standard
database platform of choice. All three vendors actively market and bundle
DB2 with their packaged Linux solutions, no other database vendor is
supported in this way. Red Hat also features IBM's WebSphere Application
Server as part of a packaged Linux solution.

IBM Software for Linux

Today's news follows on the heels of recent new offerings from IBM
including IBM's Small Business Suite for Linux, which includes DB2,
WebSphere Application Server, and Lotus Domino. IBM also recently
introduced the availability of DB2 Everyplace and WebSphere Commerce Suite
for Linux providing customers with an unlimited choice of solutions.

IBM is committed to supporting customers choice of platform and operating
systems. From the recently announced DB2 Everyplace, the first compact
relational database to support embedded Linux for handheld devices, to the
industry's only high-end clustered support, IBM is providing customers
with the most complete Linux database offerings of any vendor.
Additionally, IBM's mainframe leadership is once again bolstered with the
industry's only database and Web application server software for Linux on
the zSeries. Customers can now take advantage of the reliability on the
Linux platform coupled with the scalability of DB2 and WebSphere.

For users looking to run Linux on the zSeries, DB2 is a fast and most
cost-effective answer, and is particularly appealing to customers who have
an interest in centralising worldwide database requirements. Grede
Foundries, an iron and steel castings manufacturer, is successfully using
DB2 Connect for Linux on the zSeries to consolidate a large collection of
servers into one, thereby decreasing administration costs and connectivity

WebSphere Application Server Version 3.5 provides a Web environment that
can quickly adapt to volume changes, without losing critical transaction
information. As businesses expand, WebSphere allows for easy integration
with additional e-commerce applications, such as IBM WebSphere Commerce

Additionally, legacy IMS data can be now easily be accessed from
applications deployed on the Linux platform with the recently released
connectivity tool, IMS Connect. This technology provides customers with
transmission rates in excess of 4000 transactions per second and extends
the IMS High Availability Large Database solution for multi-terabyte
databases to the world of Linux applications.


The new product offerings for DB2 Universal Database for Linux will be
generally available on December 15, 2000. The new product offerings for
WebSphere for Linux will be generally available December 22, 2000, with
the exception of WebSphere for the zSeries servers which will be generally
available on January 26.


IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with more than
80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Software
offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems
for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full
advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM
software, see the home page at For additional
information about IBM's Linux initiatives:

additional information on IBM's data management solutions, please visit More information about the WebSphere
software platform is on the Web at

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*Indicates trademark or registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.

**The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo
with the following descriptive term "server" following it.

***The IBM e-business logo, iSeries, pSeries, xSeries and zSeries are all
trademarks of IBM Corporation. All others are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.

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