Amdahl has begun building a Linux support practice, in a bid to get the jump on other services vendors when the operating system begins to make an impact on the corporate market.
While customers are not demanding Linux support at this point in time, the market is starting to take shape and Amdahl wanted to be at the forefront of the move, Amdahl server marketing director Carol Stone said.
"We want to establish ourselves as a Linux enterprise vendor," Stone said.
The company plans to train around 12 Linux experts globally and will ramp up numbers, as and when demand increases.
"We won't see a lot of mission critical applications on Linux but it will be more integrated into the data centre and we'll be positioned to support it," Stone said.
Meanwhile, Amdahl has experienced less than expected demand for its NT server range, announced 18 months ago.
"We're still ramping up in North America," Stone said.
"It's taken off a little better in Europe - it's been a little bit slower in the US than Europe."
Stone said US users were more brand conscious and the vendor was likely to beef up its advertising to improve customer recognition.
Amdahl has also begun publishing its hardware prices on the Web, as a precursor to the launch of an interactive online ordering system, and has challenged other mainframe vendors to do the same.
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