IBM® has a strong commitment to Linux as an operating system and Linux-based solutions. This IBM Redbook gives a broad understanding of IBM products and how they relate to the Linux operating system. It tries to encapsulate the IBM Software Solutions that are available for Linux-based servers. It also describes the Linux enablement throughout the IBM product line.
This IBM Redbook offers enough information to give you a high-level understanding of Linux. Therefore, it is not meant to be a highly technical document. It also provides pointers to further sources of information.
This redbook is intended for IBM representatives, Business Partners, and Customers who are involved in considering and planning Linux-based software solutions. You will find this redbook particularly helpful if you are planning to test or implement Linux in an enterprise.
IBM embraced the potential of Linux several years ago with an expectation that Linux would provide unprecedented choice, value and flexibility for our customers and partners. Today, this broad investment in Linux across IBM’s business is reflected in a vast number of IBM product offerings and solutions available in the marketplace. As this publication goes to print, Linux is the fastest growing server operating system in the industry.
In this handbook, we set out to describe in tangible terms, the breadth and depth of IBM’s commitment to Linux. At the same time, we seek to provide a solid background for business and technical management as well as for technical leaders who are seriously considering Linux for implementing a new class of enterprise solutions. The chapters which follow are a result of the significant and enduring investments that IBM has made in Linux through the open source development community, as well as within IBM’s own world-wide development labs, services organizations, and partner support programs. The Linux ecosystem is large, diverse, and growing rapidly.
Undoubtedly, the content which follows will continue to change as Linux matures and corporations accelerate their adoption of Linux-based solutions. For that reason, where possible, we included Web sites in an effort to enhance the currency of the material. I sincerely hope that this handbook provides you with both the knowledge and confidence to implement your next projects with an IBM Linux solution!