IBM supports Linux on every Power System it makes, and the OpenPOWER Foundation makes POWER-based hardware and software available for development of custom open servers and components for Linux-based cloud data centers, observes Doug Balog, General Manager, IBM Power Systems, in a new blog post. IBM has also made a $1 billion investment in Linux and open source technologies for Power Systems and operates five IBM Power Systems Linux Centers around the world to support development of new applications for cloud, big data analytics, mobile and social business.
"Why is Linux important to us? Because clients believe that Linux is a proven platform for innovation—one we’re committed to fostering, and we know that Linux is a centerpiece of clients’ strategies to take advantage of the economics and flexibility of the cloud for more and more workloads," Balog explains.
The announcement of the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Power Systems is another step forward in IBM’s effort, he adds. It brings Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 to enterprises using the IBM Power Systems platform with support for POWER8 on Power Systems based on little endian.
Read Balog’s blog post, "A new step in IBM’s commitment to Linux," here, and read more about the Red Hat announcement below under IBM’s Linux Partner News.