IBM is hoping to make its S/390 mainframe the Web server of choice for large organisations with the latest release of its OS/390 operating system.
OS/390 release 2 version 6 includes an integrated Web application server, improved Internet security, and dramatically improved TCP/IP and network file system performance.
When IBM announced its G5 mainframe range earlier in the year it said the intention was not to just to close the gap on rival Hitachi Data Systems, but to position the S/390 as a viable platform for Web servers. The traditional strengths of the S/390 - reliability, scalability, and security - would play well in this marketplace, it insisted.
The latest version of OS/390, which will be generally available at the end of September, goes some way towards addressing that promise, with the integration of Websphere Application Server, a rebranded and enhanced version of Lotus Domino Go Webserver, as well as enhanced security features for electronic business.
IBM has also announced features of OS/390 release 2 version 7, which will be available next year, and will include enhancements to all the Web features, as well as Tivoli Management Agent integration. This last feature is important to IBM, which has seen its Tivoli subsidiary lose sales because it doesn't have S/390 support.
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