IBM Pushes Open Borders

PJ Cabrera
  • PJ Cabrera

    PJ Cabrera - 2005-09-19

    IBM Pushes Open Borders
    September 16, 2005

    Big Blue and Red Hat add more ingredients to an open-source stew thats taking on an increasingly global flavor.

    The open-source movement continues to demonstrate its increasingly international flavor with three developments across the globe.

    In the United States, IBM and Red Hat, two of the highest-profile vendors behind the movement, announced a joint effort on Friday to certify developers in areas such as India, China, and Russia on the combination of IBM systems and Red Hats Linux enterprise software.

    In Jakarta, Indonesia, the Ministry of Research and Technology said on Thursday that it would standardize on Java Desktop System on Linux. The announcement, which was made jointly with Sun Microsystems, aims to promote the general use of open-source systems across that country.

    In Johannesburg, South Africa, the open-source movement found a powerful ally in the Minister of Science and Technology, Mosibudi Mangena, who on Thursday urged South Africas government departments to switch to open source.

    IBM has invested heavily in building a developer channel across the globe, particularly in rapidly emerging areas of the developing and developed world, such as India, China, Brazil, and Russia.

    Even my home state of Massachusetts has made the switch to open standards, said Todd Chase, program director of IBMs innovation centers. The movement has become increasingly global, and innovation can come from anywhere, not just from Seattle.

    Last week, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced that all agencies within the executive department, and vendors providing information technology goods and services to these agencies, must employ systems that comply with open standards.

    IBMs Open Reach

    IBM is adding support for Red Hats technology in 15 of its innovation centers in Asia, Europe, and North America. In March, IBM announced a similar deal with Novell that targeted SUSE Linux developers interested in gaining certification and expertise in IBM systems.

    Our focus is on emerging markets, said Mr. Chase. We added some developed countries because we and Red Hat have resources there. This brings Red Hat into parity with Novell. The two companies have varying degrees of strength in different areas so they dont overlap exactly.

    IBM is also offering 29 new Linux skills-building tutorials for developers on developerWorks, IBMs support vehicle for its network of thousands of developers worldwide. Red Hats personnel will also teach classes at the 15 centers.

    IBM shares were up $0.32 to $80.33 in recent trading, while Sun shares were up $0.05 to $3.98, and Red Hat shares were up $0.05 to $16.14.


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