Fujitsu and Intel collaborate on Linux servers


Fujitsu and Intel collaborate on Linux servers

Fujitsu and Intel are to develop servers and mainframe systems based on Intel processors and the open-source Linux operating system.

Fujitsu plans to launch dual-processor and multiprocessor servers equipped with Intel's Xeon chips by the end of 2004 and follow up a year later with a range of larger servers, using as many as 128 of Intel's high-end Itanium chips, to compete in the mainframe market.

Intel and Fujitsu will also co-operate in creating a version of Linux optimised for Fujitsu systems. Fujitsu will establish a Linux division with more than 300 engineers.

The deal with Intel signals a break in Fujitsu's tradition of relying heavily on technology from Sun Microsystems. Until now, Fujitsu's Unix servers have been based largely on Sun's Solaris operating system and a version of its Sparc (Scalable Processor Architecture) Risc (reduced instruction set computer) processors made by Fujitsu.

Sun invented Sparc but later transferred ownership of its specifications to an independent, non-profit organisation, Sparc International, which licenses the technology and provides compliance testing.

The new Linux-based servers will form a "third pillar" in Fujitsu's high-performance server strategy, joining the company's existing Primepower servers and GS mainframes.

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