IBM Beefs Up Cloud on Its Linux Line

IBM is adding new technology features and collaborations to its LinuxONE family of high-performance Linux systems that are intended to enhance organizations’ ability to develop, deploy and manage applications for the cloud. The updated IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper, the entry point into the portfolio, is now enabled with improved speed and processing power. 

IBM is announcing refreshed versions of the LinuxONE family, which includes the Emperor and Rockhopper, to improve speed and processing power.

“IBM is strengthening its expansion into the open community, providing developers more choice and flexibility with LinuxONE,” said Ross Mauri, general manager, IBM z Systems and LinuxONE. “The platform’s broadened ecosystem and new hybrid cloud capabilities underscore the security, efficiency and performance that clients need, while delivering the flexibility and possibilities of open source they love.”

IBM LinuxONE recently ported the Go programming language, which was developed by Google. Go is designed for building simple, reliable and efficient software, making it easier for developers to combine the software tools they know and love with the speed, security and scale offered by LinuxONE. IBM will begin contributing code to the Go community in the summer.

IBM also said it is optimizing its Cloudant and StrongLoop technologies for LinuxONE. The new features will offer a scalable environment on Node.js, which enables developers to write applications for the server side using the language they prefer. Cloudant, an enterprise-grade NoSQL database, stores data in JSON format, common for mobile data, enabling users to save time by storing data natively in the system, without the need to first convert it to a different language.

Through new work with SUSE to collaborate on technologies in the OpenStack space, SUSE tools will be employed to manage public, private and hybrid clouds running on LinuxONE.

IBM reported it has optimized the Open Managed Runtime project (OMR) for LinuxONE. This repurposes the IBM innovations in virtual machine technology for new dynamic scripting languages, infusing them with enterprise-grade strength.

LinuxONE, introduced in August 2015, is intended to enable a broad range of popular open source and ISV tools including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker.

The new LinuxONE systems availability is currently scheduled for March. For more information on the IBM LinuxONE Systems Portfolio, go here.