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IBM Pitches Linux on Power 7+ Systems for Big Data

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IBM announced that it will increase its presence in the Linux space by extending support for the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor for its power-based servers. The company will also open two Power Systems Linux Centers, one in Austin, Texas and the other in New York, New York with the goal of allowing "software developers to build and deploy new applications for big data, cloud, mobile and social business computing."

The company established the first Power Systems Linux Center last month in Beijing and opened its doors for clients, business partners, academics, and students with an ability to receive training, development assistance, and business consulting.

IBM hopes that the locations will help support its big data, cloud, mobile and social computing business. The company said it plans more such centers both in growth and established markets over the next several months.

The virtualization infrastructure KVM debuted in 2007 with Linux 2.6.20 and has originally only been available for Linux on x86 hardware with virtualization extensions. However, it has been gaining traction recently as its reach is expanding to more architectures such as Intel's IA-64, PowerPC, ARM, and S/390.

Wolfgang Gruener is a contributor to Tom's IT Pro. He is currently principal analyst at Ndicio Research, a market analysis firm that focuses on and disruptive technologies. An 18-year veteran in IT journalism and , he previously published TG Daily and was editor of Tom's Hardware news, which he grew from a link collection in the early 2000s into one of the most comprehensive and trusted technology news sources.

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