IBM Doubles Down on Linux With New Mainframe

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CA Technologies Joins Linux Foundation Open Mainframe Project to Advance Innovation on the Mainframe.

NEW YORK, Aug 17, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — CA Technologies CA, +0.71% today announced it is a founding Platinum member of The Linux Foundation’s new Open Mainframe Project. The project is designed to create a collaborative environment among top industry leaders and academic institutions to drive both improvements and enterprise innovation on the mainframe. Unveiling the most secure Linux servers in the industry – The company is introducing two Linux mainframe servers – called LinuxONE – that are the industry’s most powerful[2] and secure enterprise servers designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era. Deepening open source software enablement – IBM will enable open source and industry tools and software including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker on z Systems to provide clients with choice and flexibility for hybrid cloud deployments.

The collaboration with Canonical brings Ubuntu’s scale-out and cloud expertise to the IBM z Systems platform, further expanding its reach and support. According to The Linux Foundation, 97 percent of hiring managers report they will bring on Linux talent relative to other skills areas in the next six months.

The Emperor is the bigger of the two, and according to IBM can handle up to 8,000 virtual machines or hundreds of thousands of containers, which wrap software in a complete file system that contains everything it needs to run. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments.

LinuxONE Rockhopper, an entry into the portfolio, is designed for clients and emerging markets seeking the speed, security and availability of the mainframe but in a smaller package. Protected-key, available on LinuxONE, provides significantly enhanced security over clear-key technology and offers up-to 28X improved performance over standard secure-key technology[3]. Enabling greater access in the developer community, IBM’s contribution of mainframe technologies is the largest single contribution of mainframe code from IBM to the open source community.

Marist College and Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies plan to host clouds that provide developers access to a virtual IBM LinuxONE at no cost. New financing models for the LinuxONE portfolio provide flexibility in pricing and resources that allows enterprises to pay for what they use and scale up quickly when their business grows. For more information on the IBM LinuxONE Systems Portfolio, visit and follow the conversation at #IBMz, #LinuxONE and #LinuxCon Note to journalists and bloggers: You can view and download b-roll video footage on TheNewsMarket by clicking here: SinfoníaRx helps providers and their patients better manage care by looking at a patient’s full list of prescriptions to identify safety issues, gaps in care and better treatment options. “We serve more than 5 million patients who often have 10 to 15 prescriptions from multiple doctors and pharmacies. We also have an IT environment that’s both flexible for developing applications and capable of scaling up without interruption as we add more patients.” – Kevin Barber, SinfoníaRx CIO. “Open source is about choice for customers, in software, hardware infrastructure, support and services.

IBM and Canonical teaming to bring Ubuntu to z Systems allows customers to leverage the speed and security of z Systems, and the open-source software and tools of Ubuntu, to enhance the IT operations for a new universe of customers.” – Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical “As the one default database platform for leading Linux distributors, including Red Hat and SUSE, MariaDB is excited to support IBM LinuxONE. We’re excited to collaborate with IBM on their support for open source technology and to ensure an awesome Chef and IBM user experience for years to come.” – Matt Ray, Director of Partner Integration, Chef “2ndQuadrant is excited by combining the world’s most advanced open source database, PostgreSQL, with the world’s most efficient, trusted and secure server, the IBM z13. The results of up to 2X throughput performance far exceed our goal, and we are pleased to partner with IBM for supporting IBM’s customers.” – Simon Riggs, CTO & Founder, PostgreSQL Development at 2ndQuadrant [2] Based on IBM tests that showed LinuxONE can perform 30 billion RESTful web interactions/day with Dockerized Node.js and MongoDB, driving over 470K database read and writes per second. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

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