IBM, CA team to put Linux suite on S/390

Continuing its bid to promote Linux servers, IBM announced that it has new hardware and software enhancements for its S/390 enterprise servers and a revised price plan.

Using the new S/390 Integrated Facility for Linux from IBM, customers will be able to add processor capacity on S/390 servers exclusively for Linux use without increasing charges for software on the rest of the server, company officials said. Software running on a dedicated Linux engine will be priced separately, but pricing specifics were not announced.

IBM also announced the development of a Virtual Image Facility for the S/390 G5 and G6 servers.

In a related announcement, Computer Associates (CA), joining IBM in its effort to expand the use of Linux on host systems, announced that it has ported a suite of Internet-based business management software to Linux on the S/390.

The software includes: Unicenter TNG Agents and Framework software, the MasterIT Web server monitoring package; the Ingres II relational database; the ARCserve storage management application; and eTrust security software.

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