14 May 2013

IBM Opens Power Systems Linux Center in Beijing, China

Beijing, China - 14 May 2013 - IBM further extended its reach into China with the opening of the first Linux innovation center for Power Systems clients and business partners. The Power Systems Linux Center, located inside IBM's China Systems Center, will make it simpler for software developers to build and deploy new applications for big data, cloud, mobile and social business computing on open technology building blocks using Linux and the latest IBM POWER 7+ processor technology. 

With today's news, IBM is announcing a new collaboration with Red Hat and SUSE to meet increasing demand from businesses in China for optimized and pre-integrated computing systems running enterprise applications on Linux. The companies will use the new center to help drive more Linux-based solutions in the marketplace and accelerate Linux adoption on Power Systems. The center is open to clients, business partners, academics, and students across the nation. 

The center comes at a time when innovative businesses in China are aggressively taking advantage of big data, cloud, mobile and social computing projects to capture continued growth in industries such as financial markets, banking, communications, retail and transportation. 

Enterprise Linux adoption, both worldwide and in China specifically, has reached a pivotal time. According to the latest figures from the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker (Q4 2012), Linux server demand was positively impacted by high performance computing (HPC) and cloud infrastructure deployments, as hardware revenue improved 12.7% year over year in 4Q12 to $3.0 billion. Linux servers now represent 20.4% of all server revenue, up 1.7 points when compared with the fourth quarter of 2011. And, in China, Linux growth outpaces the worldwide average where, in a growing server market, Linux server market share has grown from 9.2% to 33.2% over the past 10 years. 

"As enterprise adoption of Red Hat Enterprise Linux grows, companies are looking for faster and simpler ways to take advantage of it for new kinds of workloads like big data and cloud computing to achieve the best possible performance for their applications," said Dr. Sen Min Chang, General Manager for Red Hat Greater China Group. "Red Hat and IBM have collaborated since the early days of the open source movement to bring new innovations into industries where rapid expansion is creating new opportunities for open source solutions. The new IBM Power Systems Linux Center will address these opportunities, especially for our joint Power Systems clients and partners, and we look forward to serving this important group of users together.” 

"Linux is at the point where the question for enterprises has shifted from 'if' to 'when' it will be used for key business applications, and 'what' is the best hardware platform to run it on," said Andy Jiang, SUSE General Manager of Greater China & Korea. 

"China is one of the fastest growing countries to adopt open source technologies like Linux - and Power Systems is often the best platform for Linux because of its advanced performance, security and virtualization," said Colin Parris, IBM Power Systems General Manager. "The center brings together the Linux expertise of Red Hat and SUSE, along with IBM's leading technical and business experts for Power Systems to provide clients and partners the essential open source building blocks for high-performance, enterprise level, data intensive workloads." 

Source: IBM