IBM unveils two new power systems linux centers

At the recent Red Hat Summit in Boston, IBM, the giant international computer and server company, has announced its plan to expand the adoption of Linux accross its enterprise. There will be two new Power Systems Linux Centers in Austin and New York and support for Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) will be extended to its Power Systems portfolio of server products.

In July, the two first North American IBM Power Systems Linux Centers will be opened, in Austin, Texas and in New York. With these centers, software developers will find it easier to develop and deploy new softwares for big data, cloud, mobile and social business computing on open-sourced technology building blocks using the latest IMP processor technology and Linux.

The new centers come right after the opening of the first IBM Power System Linux Center in May in Bejing, with the gradually increasing demand from businessed for optimized computing systems that run enterprise softwares on Linux. And like the center in Beijing, the new centers in America will open to clients, business partners, academics and college students.

IBM Power System Linux Center in Beijing
The centers were built when innovative businesses are aggressively taking advantage of big data, cloud, mobile and social computing projects to capture continued growth in industries such as financial markets, banking, communications, retail and transportation. IBM plans more centers in both growth and established markets over the next several months. 

And for its Linux Power servers, IBM have plans to make KVM available across. The KVM hypervisor is an integral part of the Linux kernel, offering an optimized virtualization technology for Linux workloads.  IBM has long supported KVM on its x86-based products and plans to make it available on IBM's Linux-only Power Systems product line-up next year.  As a result, clients will have greater choice when they adopt Linux-based systems to drive new workloads such as big data, cloud, mobile and social computing.

IBM has participated in a wide range of open source projects such as KVM since 1999, and hundreds of IBM developers and engineers have been contributing to open source as part of the collection of global open source communities.

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