This expands on an earlier deal with IBM and Red Hat to supply Red Hat Linux and support to a limited line of IBM eServers.
Specifics of the arrangement were not disclosed.
IBM's agreement does not lock the computing giant into an exclusive arrangement with the Linux vendor: IBM also resells SuSE Linux for the eServer zSeries z900 and S/390, while IBM uses SuSE as a primary distributor in Europe for its Linux software product lines, including DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, and Tivoli. In addition, IBM works with TurboLinux supporting TurboLinux 6.5 on IBM eServer zSeries computers.
Red Hat will be offering a combination of Red Hat Linux, platform-specific CDs and documentation, product support services, professional services covering onsite configuration and customized engineering, as well as an upgrade offering. In addition, Red Hat will be providing system-specific kernels for zSeries mainframes (requiring 64-bit kernels), pSeries UNIX services (requiring 32-bit kernels), iSeries servers for small and medium-sized businesses (requiring 32-bit kernels), and Intel-based xSeries servers (requiring both 64-bit and 32-bit kernels).
Corporations that need additional support or upgrades can contract for them directly from Red Hat.
"A growing number of IBM's customers choose Red Hat Linux to run on the IBM eServer platforms because of its reliability and low maintenance costs," said John Callies, vice president, IBM eServer marketing, Server Group, in a press release. "The company has also been cited for its services and support, as well as its stature as a trusted open source brand."
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