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IBM Invests a Further $1 billion In Linux

   
5:04 pm on Sep 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

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IBM will continue to support Linux by pledging another $1 billion to the development of the operating system over the next five years.

With the injection of cash Big Blue aims to service enterprises who need to support large volume of data – something which it claims legacy technology is no longer capable of doing.

"Many companies are struggling to manage big data and cloud computing using commodity servers based on decades-old, PC-era technology,” claimed IBM fellow and VP of Power Development Brad McCredie, in a statement.

“These servers are quickly overrun by data, which triggers the purchase of more servers, creating unsustainable server sprawl.“
IBM Invests a Further $1 billion In Linux [itpro.co.uk]
6:47 am on Sep 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I assume this is on top of the Linux development they do already?

The strategy is pretty typical of how Linux gets funding: IBM has a particular aim. In this case they want the growing cloud and big data markets to use more Linux on IBM hardware