IBM, SAP back Linux on Z-series

IBM and SAP on Wednesday announced an agreement to deliver the mySAP.com Internet-based software platform on IBM's zSeries mainframe machines running the Linux operating system. The deal was announced in Hanover a day before the CeBIT trade show officially opened Thursday. "We think Linux is ready for the enterprise," said Don Powers, IBM's director of early stage Internet technology. "I definitely think we will have more announcements like this. Customers are asking for it."

IBM will offer mySAP on both its z/OS as well as the zSeries servers, running on Linux. The mainframe zSeries machines will run either German Linux vendor SuSE Linux AG's version of the open-source operating system or one from TurboLinux Inc. MySAP.com software is an Internet version of SAP's R/3 ERP (enterprise resource planning) software which tightly links R/3 to SCM (supply chain management) and CRM (customer relationship management) applications.

The IBM servers will start shipping with the SAP software in the second quarter of this year.

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

IBM, based in Armonk, New York, can be reached at +1-914-499-1900 or via the Internet at http://www.ibm.com/. SAP AG, in Walldorf, Germany, can be reached at +49-6227-747-474 or online at http://www.sap.de/.

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