IBM Opens Linux Center for Financial Services Industry

IBM has opened a Linux center in New York City to help financial services companies deploy Linux solutions. The center will provide hardware, software and services from IBM as well as various participating companies, designed to help financial services customers test and implement Linux applications.

The center represents an initial investment of more than $1 million from IBM. IBM's Linux Center of Competence (Linux CoC) will provide the financial sector with a full range of support for Linux, including access to IBM hardware, software and services to evaluate and test key applications on Linux, secure technical advice, participate in Linux training courses and educational programs, attend community events, as well as work in a hands-on environment with key ISVs, Linux distributors and Business Partners. The center will offer hardware and software capabilities from IBM, including its eServer product line, as well as an extensive selection of Linux enabled storage networking technologies from the TotalStorage family. IBM will also provide its broad middleware portfolio across the eServer product line, including WebSphere infrastructure software, DB2 database, Lotus Domino?

and Tivoli software. IBM Global Services (IGS) will offer the expertise of its technical staff to assist in specific client engagements including porting efforts, benchmarks and proof of concept work. Linux training courses will also be available through the Linux CoC. IBM and a variety of Business Partners and participating companies will regularly host speakers to discuss latest developments, trends and technologies around Linux. The center will also provide support from Linux distributors, ISVs and partners such as SuSE Linux, Axiom Software Laboratories, Inc., and Intelligent Markets.