LinuxCon is currently taking place down in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of my favorite places in the world.
And though I'm not there in person, I've been following some of the tidings that began to emerge from the Penguin-fest yesterday afternoon.
IBM is a platinum sponsor of Linuxcon, and had some of its own news to announce on the Linux front earlier today: That the company would be investing $1 billion (USD) in new Linux and open-source technologies for IBM's Power Systems server.
A new IBM Power Systems Linux Center for developers, clients, and partners opened in Montpellier, France today. Joining similar centers in Asia and North America, the Montpellier center is an immediate result of a larger initiative by IBM to commit $1 billion towards Linux ecosystem growth on IBM's Power Systems line of servers. (Credit: IBM)
This investment is aimed at helping clients capitalize on big-data and cloud computing with modern systems built to handle the new wave of applications coming to the datacenter in the post-PC era.
Two immediate initiatives announced, a new client center in Europe and a Linux on Power development cloud, focus on rapidly expanding IBM's growing ecosystem supporting Linux on Power Systems, which today represents thousands of independent software vendor and open-source applications worldwide.
Specific details of both initiatives include:
- Power Systems Linux Center in Montpellier, France: The new center is among a growing network of centers around the world where software developers can build and deploy new applications for big-data, cloud, mobile, and social business computing on open technology building blocks using Linux and the latest IBM POWER7+ processor technology. The first center opened in Beijing in May. Additional centers are located in New York, NY, and Austin, Texas.
- Linux on Power development cloud: To serve the growing number of developers, Business Partners, and clients interested in running Linux on Power Systems, IBM is expanding its Power Systems cloud for development. The no-charge cloud service is ramping up its infrastructure to provide more businesses the ability to prototype, build, port, and test Linux applications on the Power platform as well as applications built for AIX and IBM i.
Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, commented on the investment, stating:
The last time IBM committed $1B to Linux, it helped start a flurry of innovation that has never slowed. IBM's continued investments in Linux for Power Systems is welcomed by the Linux community. We look forward to seeing how the Power platform can bring about further innovation on Linux, and how companies and developers can work together to get the most out of this open architecture.
IBM executive Brad McCredie is keynoting at Linuxcon, and addressed how Watson, IBM's cognitive computing solution that gained fame as the first non-human to win the Jeopardy! game show and now available in a variety of industry solutions, runs on commercially available Power Systems servers running Linux -- demonstrating how the Linux and Power combination is fueling a new era of computing.
Today's news comes on the heels of IBM's recent OpenPOWER announcement that makes the IBM POWER microprocessor available under license to other companies for open collaboration and development.
The consortium marks the first time that IBM is making its key server hardware available to drive open innovation.
To learn more about IBM Power Systems, go to www.ibm.com/power, follow @IBMPowerSystems on Twitter, or visit the Power Systems press room.