For the first time, Reuters Market Data System customers will be able to use the application on IBM servers running Linux.
Under a deal announced Monday, Reuters Market Data System (RMDS), which provides real-time financial market information to its customers, is now available on IBM eServer xSeries and eServer BladeCenter systems running Linux.
The deal marks the second hardware platform announcement this year for RMDS. In February, Reuters announced that the application was available on Hewlett-Packard (HP) ProLiant servers running Red Hat Linux Advanced Server on Intel hardware. Until the HP deal, RMDS was most widely used on hardware from Sun Microsystems Inc. running the Solaris operating system. Versions of RMDS have also been available for Unix operating systems, including HP-UX and IBM's AIX.
Kyle Arteaga, a spokesman for London-based Reuters Group, said the addition of the IBM servers will allow Reuters customers to stay with their vendors of choice while using the software. Pricing depends on the number of users, the hardware chosen and the options and features desired in RMDS, he said.
The Intel-based IBM and HP servers allows customers to save money while using RMDS, according to the companies.
Peter Lankford, vice president of Reuters Enterprise Information Solutions, said adding IBM to its existing support of HP hardware brings to RMDS customers IBM's expertise in Linux and a wide support and services network. "Our customers have asked us to support IBM's BladeCenter hardware for the market data infrastructure they have come to rely upon," he said.