IBM connecting storage server to Linux mainframes

Further underlining its commitment to Linux across its enterpriselevel servers, IBM last week announced that its Enterprise Storage Server can be connected to Linux-based mainframes.

With this announcement, corporate users now running Linux-based applications can store and integrate information in a number of different formats on their key server platforms. They also can share that data across several different storage environments.

"Storage networking and Linux are both disruptive technologies that have major impacts on the Internet and e-businesses. I think with an announcement like this we are moving beyond a simple acknowledgement of Linux by embracing an open-source philosophy," said Linda Sanford, senior vice president and group executive of IBM's Storage Systems Group.

Sanford described the announcement as the first phase of Linux-enabling all of its storage products from high end to low end and across all mediums from disk to tape.

Besides detailing the connection between the Enterprise Storage Server, commonly referred to as "shark," and the e-Server z900 and S/390 mainframes, IBM also announced Linux compatibility for its Modular Storage Server, aimed largely at midsize companies; Linux support for the IBM FastT200 and FastT500 disk storage servers connected to Intel-based servers; and that Tivoli's line of storage management software for Linux is now part of the company's open storage networking plan. Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli SANergy, and Tivoli Storage Network manager now can work with Linux in a number of basic functions including backup and recovery and file sharing.

Company officials said the Tivoli Storage Network Manager will become fully Linux-enabled by the end of this year.

According to a recent report by IDC, Linux is now the most rapidly rising operating system among corporate users, growing at about 35 percent a year and expected to continue that pace annually through 2004.

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