Turbolinux Rakes in the Cash

TurboLinux Inc. today announced it has secured $30 million in a third round of funding from Fujitsu Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., IBM Corp., Silicon Graphics Inc. and Softbank E-Commerce Corp. The company plans to use the money to help expand its services, sales, development and marketing programs.

TurboLinux, known for its Linux-based server clustering software also has received money from August Capital, Dell Ventures and Intel Capital. According to International Data Corp., commercial Linux software was the fastest growing server operating system in the last year, and should continue to be the fastest growing operating system through 2003.

Observers say IBM's investment is another step Big Blue has taken recently to help it secure a place in vendors who sell products in the growing open source area. Last week, IBM unveiled the eServer zSeries 900, a mainframe aimed at e-business. IBM also introduced a new 64-bit operating system, z/OS. The tie to Linux in last week's announcements is that many Linux applications will run on the z900, opening up the server's to Linux programmers with little traditional mainframe training, according to IBM. Rogue Wave Software and Rational Software are among the software companies announcing specific Linux products for the z900.

TurboLinux's clustering software allows network managers to cluster servers running Sun Solaris, Windows NT, or Linux. It features dynamic load balancing, service monitoring, automatic IP failover and a set of management tools.

IBM will team up with TurboLinux this month and next for a national conference tour dubbed Mission Possible to highlight some products, including:

- TurboLinux Data Server with IBM DB2 Universal Database.

- WebSphere Application Server.

- TurboLinux Server.

- TurboLinux Cluster Server.

- Lotus Domino.

- EnFuzion.

- IBM's xSeries eServer.

- Linux solutions on the zSeries of IBM eServers (mainframes).

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