IBM EXTENDS SOFTWARE LEADERSHIP ON LINUX Monday 11 December 2000 PDF Print ..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 mainframe · 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 platform. NOTE TO EDITORS: 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 issues. 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 Suite. 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. Availability 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. ABOUT IBM 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 http://www.software.ibm.com. For additional information about IBM's Linux initiatives: http://ibm.com/linux For additional information on IBM's data management solutions, please visit http://www.software.ibm.com/data. 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