We're not sure why, but of all the Linux options available, IBM's PowerLinux set of solutions might be the most under-known Linux solution around, despite being the beating heart of Watson.
You can install Linux on existing IBM Power Systems -- where you can pop in new partititions and workloads faster than your business leaders can imagine needing them -- or you can buy PowerLinux compute nodes to run inside IBM PureSystems . . . or the IBM PowerLinux 7R1 or 7R2 Linux server, which now comes with POWER7+ processors.
SAP deployments built on IBM PowerLinux
boast 43 percent less downtime than similar deployments on Windows. As for cost, IBM includes robust PowerVM server virtualization, which reduces costs over the long haul, but IBM's aggressive pricing at the point of acquisition is better than ever now, too: The University of Hamburg reduced their acquisition costs 30 percent by choosing a PowerLinux solution
over commodity x86 hardware.
You can use industry standard Linux from Red Hat or SUSE, plus get all the solutions IBM builds. For instance, a Hadoop cluster built with PowerLinux technology can sort through a terabyte of data in less than half the time as one built with commodity x86 hardware. The research report
is a bit dry, but our infographic "Pump Up with IBM PowerLinux" is not:
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Of course, for a more in-depth look at PowerLinux, POWER IT Pro's Senior Technical Director Mel Beckman reveals even more in his "PowerLinux Pumps Up Linux Apps"
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