September 12, 2007

Low-cost Linux revives IBM mainframe (again)

Author: JT Smith

IBM Corp.'s decision to offer a Linux-only mainframe -- at 90% less than the cost of its flagship box has had the intended effect, research now shows.
"Linux is a key to the IBM mainframe new-workload strategy," said Charlie Burns, a vice president of Westport, Conn.-based Saugatuck Technology Inc. When purchasing or upgrading a System z, for example, a customer can request one or more processors for exclusive use by workloads running on Linux. These Linux-only processors are priced approximately 90% lower than a processor for a traditional mainframe workload.



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