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IBM pushes Linux on Power servers with PowerLinux line

26 Apr 2012

IBM has unveiled an line of low cost Linux servers with integrate management tools, known as PowerLinux. 

The company said that PowerLinux would allow enterprises to purchase rack-mounted Power servers bundled with Red Hat and SUSE Enterprise Linux builds.

The systems will range from application and service hosting systems to database and analytics appliances.

Integrated big data appliances have grown in popularity as firms seek to speed up the time and reduce the cost needed to construct and deploy the systems for everyday use.

Vendors including Oracle and Red Hat have sought to bundle multiple big data components under a single platform.

Also among the new offerings will be the Big Data Analytics Solution. The Hadoop system will provide enterprises with a single system for managing and analysing unstructured data from multiple sources.

Additionally, the company is offering PowerLinux bundles designed to host applications and hypervisor-equipped servers designed to host multiple IT services.

The company said that the systems would expand its Unix-based power offerings and highlight the architecture as a viable alternative to x86 systems in the Linux server and big data markets.

"Serving the Linux market with Power Systems is an important initiative for IBM," said IBM Power Systems general manager Colin Parris.

"With IBM PowerLinux solutions and systems, customers now have powerful, cost-effective alternatives, as well as a broad ecosystem of support from our global partners to get the right solution, hardware, software and services, for virtually any business requirement."

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Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for V3.co.uk. He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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