IBM's Power Systems platform has been given a boost with the announcement of a partnership between Linux firm Suse and database developer MariaDB to drive a wider variety of applications on its Power8 systems.
Announced at the IBM Enterprise2014 event in Las Vegas, the first fruit of the partnership is set to be a version of the MariaDB Enterprise MySQL database optimised for the Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12 platform on Power8 servers.
The partnership agreement will also provide customers with access to enterprise-class support from both Suse and MariaDB.
Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12 is due for release sometime in the fourth quarter of 2014, but the two firms did not indicate when the optimised version of MariaDB is set to be available.
However, Suse and MariaDB stated that their intention is to go further and enable IBM customers to be able to run a wider variety of applications on Power8 and have more flexibility and choice within their existing IT infrastructure.
Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of Suse, said that the partnership is an example of the opportunity that open source brings to the IBM Power Systems ecosystem.
"Working with MariaDB in our strong ecosystem of partners offers our customers new and innovative ways to make the most from their existing IT investments, while accessing the latest and most powerful computing applications and technologies."
The two firms said they will be publishing tuning and optimisation guides for customers and partners to further demonstrate the capabilities and performance benefits of Linux on Power.
Meanwhile, Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12 itself will enable users to run a larger variety of applications on Power8, including those developed in compiled or scripted languages, such as C++, Ruby PHP or Java, according to Suse.
The move follows the announcement by IBM of new Power8 systems, comprising the Power S824L server aimed at big data and analytics workloads, plus the Power E870 and Power E880 Enterprise Systems that are able to scale up to 192 Power8 cores and 16TB of memory.
IBM's OpenPower Foundation, founded in 2013 to open up the Power ecosystem and promote it as the platform of choice for mission critical data centre operations, now comprises at least 25 firms, including Google and Nvidia and Ubuntu Linux developer Canonical.
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