IBM has launched a Solaris-to-Linux server migration programme in partnership with Red Hat.
IBM's system and technology group is offering free migration assessments to customers of Sun's Solaris operating system, promoting what it says are the costs and benefits of moving to Red Hat Linux.
IBM said that in the last 12 months it had sponsored about 500 such assessments for Solaris and HP-UX users, and was aiming to at least double the number by the end of this year.
IBM already sells both Red Hat Linux and Novell's Suse Linux on a wide range of its servers.
The assessments will be completed by a team of 150 IBM engineers starting from 1 June.
A further plank of IBM’s expanded open source programme is to help over 20 financial services software suppliers to port their Solaris products to Linux.
IBM expects up to 50 financial services applications to support Linux as a result.
In an attempt to fight back against Linux and help stem a continuing migration towards Microsoft’s Windows in the server environment, Sun is aiming to make Solaris open source this summer.