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IBM Expands Open-Source Mainframe Strategy

18 August 2015

IBM has announced a significant expansion of the mainframe's strategy of embracing open source-based technologies and open-source communities. Its mainframe servers are brought under the LinuxONE brand—two of the industry’s most powerful and secure enterprise servers designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era.

LinuxONE, is a new portfolio of hardware, software and service solutions that provides two distinct Linux systems, called LinuxONE Emperor and LinuxONE Rockhopper—for large enterprises and mid-size businesses. LinuxONE Emperor, is based on the IBM z13, the world's most advanced Linux system with the fastest processor in the industry.

LinuxONE Emperor is the world's most advanced Linux system with the fastest processor in the industry. LinuxONE Emperor is the world's most advanced Linux system with the fastest processor in the industry. IBM will enable open source and industry tools and software including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker on z Systems to provide clients with choice and flexibility for hybrid cloud deployments. SUSE, which provides Linux distribution for the mainframe, will now support KVM, giving clients a new hypervisor option.

Canonical and IBM have also announced plans to create an Ubuntu distribution for LinuxONE and z Systems. The collaboration with Canonical brings Ubuntu's scale-out and cloud expertise to the IBM z Systems platform, further expanding its reach and support.

The announcement contributes to the single largest amount of mainframe code to open-source community. Designed to fuel digital transformation, it includes technology from IBM's mainframe to help enterprises identify issues and help prevent failures before they happen, help improve performance across platforms and enable better integration with the broader network and cloud.

According to Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems, "We are deepening our commitment to the open-source community by combining the best of the open world with the most advanced system in the world in order to help clients embrace new mobile and hybrid cloud workloads. Building on the success of Linux on the mainframe, we continue to push the limits beyond the capabilities of commodity servers that are not designed for security and performance at extreme scale."

The system is capable of analyzing transactions in real time and helps to prevent fraud as it is occurring. It can scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or hundreds of thousands of containers—the most of any single Linux system. LinuxONE Rockhopper, an entry into the portfolio, is designed for clients and emerging markets seeking the speed, security and availability of the mainframe but in a smaller package.

IBM's LinuxONE systems, available starting now, are the most secure Linux systems with advanced encryption features built into both the hardware and software to help keep customer data and transactions confidential and secure. Protected-key, available on LinuxONE, provides significantly enhanced security over clear-key technology and offers up-to 28X improved performance over standard secure-key technology.

"Linux on the mainframe has reached a critical mass such that vendors, users and academia need a neutral forum where they can work together to advance Linux tools and technologies and increase enterprise innovation," says Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation executive director. "The Open Mainframe Project is a direct response to the demands of Linux users and the supporting open-source ecosystem to address unique features and requirements built into mainframes for security, availability and performance."

IBM is also providing unprecedented access to the mainframe to foster innovations by developers in the open-source community by creating the LinuxONE Developer Cloud to provide open access. The cloud acts as a virtual R&D engine for the creation, testing and piloting of emerging applications including testing linkages to engagement systems, mobile applications and hybrid cloud applications.

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