November 20, 2006
IBM has introduced service products
to help customers implementing Linux and Grid computing technologies.
IBM's new Implementation Services for Linux Service Product and Grid
and Grow Express Implementation Service Product both utilize a new IBM
Research-designed automated web-based tool that can reduce
implementation time and expense, according to IBM.
For Linux implementations, IBM Implementation Services for Linux Service Product provides clients access to services that are designed to enable rapid and consistent implementation of the Novell SUSE Linux or Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system (OS). The service product includes:
claims its new web-based tool can accelerate Linux implementation times
by up to 30 percent. IBM says the tool incorporates industry
application intelligence and best practice knowledge from thousands of
client engagements to ensure consistent implementation.
For Grid implementations, the new Grid and Grow Express Implementation Service Product can help clients incorporate readily-scalable Grid computing solutions to achieve greater usage of existing resources, increased application performance, flexibility and resiliency. The service product includes hardware, software and services and can be incorporated into current storage and server infrastructures. Middleware is selected by industry application, to ensure that the solution is architected for a particular industry.
"Thanks to the unique benefits of Grid & Grow, our entire project was completed in less than one month," said Professor Zhu Qiao Ming, dean of the Computer School at Soochow University, the oldest private university in Taiwan. "The choice of IBM hardware ensures a stable, scalable storage environment that improves data availability without excessive costs."
The new service products are designed to deliver traditional labor-based technology services in a manner more similar to the delivery of technology products.
"These new Linux and Grid service products will enable organizations to take advantage of emerging technology benefits like strong security, high reliability, better flexibility and lower cost of ownership," said Tom Ready, vice president, IBM Server Services. "IBM is uniquely positioned to utilize highly-skilled remote and on-site professionals along with new web-based automation tools to help businesses minimize transition time and costs."
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