IBM is investing $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for IBM’s Power Systems servers. IBM says in a statement that the investment will help clients capitalize on big data and cloud computing with modern systems built to handle the new wave of applications coming to the data center in the post-PC era.
The announcement was made by iBM Fellow and Vice President of Power Development Brad McCredie at the Linux Foundation’s LinuxCon conference in New Orleans.
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“The last time IBM committed $1B to Linux, it helped start a flurry of innovation that has never slowed. IBM’s continued investments in Linux for Power Systems is welcomed by the Linux community. We look forward to seeing how the Power platform can bring about further innovation on Linux, and how companies and developers can work together to get the most out of this open architecture,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation.
As part of this investment IBM is setting up a new client center in Europe along with a Linux on Power development cloud to increase focus on the company’s ecosystem supporting Linux on Power Systems.