IBM: Intel, Linux or Unix -- Virtually Yours
Tuesday September 30 2003 @ 12:13PM EDT

IBM (Quote, Chart) Tuesday moved to bolster its utility computing offerings with new on-demand services that let customers draw from its three other server lines.

Big Blue began offering virtual server capacity on its zSeries mainframes in July 2002, but to add breadth to its on-demand strategy the Armonk, N.Y.-based systems vendor has extended that capability to its remaining three eServer platforms, the Intel-based xSeries, Unix-based pSeries and Linux, oriented iSeries systems.

The systems will be hosted and users will pay for the power and capacity they require akin to the way homeowners and renters draw power from the electric company. While this is not novel in itself, companies such as Veritas, Computer Associates, Sun Microsystems and HP have leapt into the fray, and now IBM is offering these services on Intel, Linux and Unix lines, which none of the other vendors can claim.

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