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IBM Bolsters Red Hat Support To Fend Off Sun Attack

As Sun Microsystems intensifies its attacks on Red Hat, IBM in turn is stepping up its investment in the Linux distributor to push more Solaris-to-Linux migrations on Wall Street and in Washington.

IBM said its Systems & Technology Group is now teaming with Red Hat to sell prefunded, presales migration assessment services for customers interested in switching to Linux running on IBM xSeries, BladeCenter, iSeries, pSeries, OpenPower and zSeries server platforms. The Armonk, N.Y.-based IT giant already offers a myriad of Unix-to-Linux migration services.

In addition, IBM is offering its IBM Software Factory migration services to drive Solaris-to-Red Hat Linux migrations. The fee-based Software Factory services--already available for HP UX- and Solaris-to-IBM AIX migrations--are designed to help customers migrate from Solaris C/C++ environments to Linux, as well as to migrate Oracle databases from non-IBM Windows and Unix platforms to Red Hat and Novell Suse.

Scott Handy, vice president of IBM's worldwide Linux program, said the company continues to support both Red Hat and Novell Suse. However, he noted, Big Blue is giving extra support to Red Hat because of the aggressive stand that Sun has taken against the Linux distributor. During its last two quarterly product briefings, held in New York and Washington, Sun pledged to "take back" Solaris customers on Wall Street and in the federal government that have moved to Red Hat Linux or were considering a migration from Solaris.

"Initially, we're doing it with Red Hat because Sun has been coming out with dual statements that it is not against Linux. But they are against Red Hat," Handy said. "We've decided to partner with Red Hat to help them combat this attack."

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