IBM Launches Integrated Platform For zSeries, Linux Client For Lotus iNotes


IBM unveiled an integrated e-business platform for its zSeries mainframe and Linux client support for Lotus Notes Web Access software at LinuxWorld.

Following a major $1 billion investment announced several years ago, the computer giant continues to expand Linux support from its high-end mainframes all the way down to its PC desktop software.

As first reported by CRN on Tuesday, the IBM eServer Integrated Platform for e-business on zSeries is a software and hardware bundle that consists of SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, z/VM v 4.3, WebSphere Application Server 4.0.4, IBM Directory Server v 4.1 and one year of software support and IBM Global Services Linuxline support.

A similar integrated platform was delivered for the company's Intel-based xSeries last May. The zSeries integrated platform will be available on Feb. 28. IBM plans similar integrated platforms for its pSeries and iSeries server later in 2003, IBM said.

IBM also unveiled Linux client support for Lotus iNotes Web Access software. With that, Lotus iNotes will support the latest version of Netscape based on Mozilla.

This will give Linux users browser-based access to e-mail, IBM said. That capability is offered today on Microsoft Windows-based browsers.

At the show, IBM also unveiled a reference platform for developing Linux-based smart phones and PDAs as well as Tivoli System Automation for Linux software.