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IBM boosts Linux for SMBs

IBM has launched what it calls “unprecedented” Linux-based integrated software and services for SMBs.

Integrated Stack for Linux is designed to address SMBs' demands to lower costs, improve flexibility and performance, and simplify integration.

"Open source beyond Linux is proving itself to be a tremendously successful business model," says Scott Handy, vice-president, Linux and Open Source, IBM.

"SMBs can now look forward to reducing the total cost of IT ownership, running not only Linux, but additional open source software on multiple IBM servers and blade servers pre-integrated by the channel."

IBM says its new solutions are designed to make it easier for SMBs to integrate Linux servers into Windows environments. Integrated Stack for Linux is based on a partnership between IBM, Novell, Intel and Avnet and includes IBM's WebSphere Application Server Community Edition (WAS CE), based on the open source Apache Geronimo web application server; DB2 Express-C; and IBM eServer xSeries, Blades or Storage.

Integrated Stack for Linux comprises SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell and IBM servers and includes WAS CE and DB2 Express-C. It is available initially through Avnet's partner channel and provides an integrated platform of web and database middleware, the Linux operating system, and IBM eServer xSeries or BladeCenter systems with internal or external IBM storage.

As an option, Avnet will include Centeris Likewise for Active Directory integration and management, allowing Linux servers to be administered in a Windows server environment.

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