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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Linux on the mainframe is ready for prime time via News.com

IBM's mainframe momentum continues. IBM announces that a customer is beginning to use its zSeries machines and Linux for a major consolidation of business applications. Endress+Hauser, which makes measuring devices for industrial process engineering, is migrating its 19 SAP applications into one primary data center in Germany using two z990 mainframes, according to IBM. With a total of 36 processors running the Linux operating system, the setup is one of Europe's largest installations of Linux on the mainframe.A few years ago, the mainframe computer was widely considered a dinosaur, but it is experiencing new demand thanks to factors including better networking performance and strong virtualization.Virtualization refers to the ability to run more than one instance of an operating system on the same machine. IBM says its mainframes can run hundreds of "virtual" server computers.The Endress+Hauser win also indicates the open-source Linux OS is gaining ground.Linux is often attacked as 'great for Web servers, but.' Clearly, that serious enterprises are interested in putting their business computing on Linux and that too on Mainframes is very significant.
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