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IBM Plans Big Push Beyond Linux Into Open Source

IBM and its global services arm will take its success in Linux and steamroll into the open source products and technology services business

IBM plans a major expansion beyond Linux into the open source technology and services business.

At the LinuxWorld Conference here, IBM Linux and Open Source Vice President Scott Handy said the company will invest more heavily in open source client-side middleware, development tools, Web application servers, data servers, systems management, open hardware architecture, grid computing and technology services businesses.

For example, IBM Global Services plans to offer both business consulting and technology services to enable customers to benefit from open source solutions and open source models, he said.

"We plan a major expansion beyond Linux into open source. ... It's poised to be a more disruptive force in the industry in the next three years than Linux has been in the last 15 years," Handy said. "With open source beyond Linux, we'll be as aggressive and leapfrog right to the injection stage."

IBM did not discuss Red Hat's purchase of open source application server giant JBoss. But the Armonk, N.Y. company emphasized during its press conference Monday that its software, hardware and services organizations will push hard on open source business models to drive new revenue.

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