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IBM Commits to Linux on the Mainframe with Beijing Center

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

Tom's IT Pro readers may recall IBM’s 2013 $1 billion commitment to Linux and open source technology, and the opening of a Power Systems Linux Center in Beijing, China, as well that year. Holding steady on that commitment, IBM announced recently the world's first dedicated System z Linux and Cloud Center of Competency in Beijing, China, which brings cloud computing on the mainframe to its System z Linux professionals.

The IBM System z Linux and Cloud Center of Competency in Beijing will:

  • Provide a centralized location for briefings, technical training, testing and technical support services;
  • Make available the latest hardware, software and services to enable clients, business partners;
  • Allow ISVs to take advantage of advancements in cloud, analytics and mobile applications.

In the first quarter of 2014, Linux server revenue accounted for 30 percent of overall server revenue, according to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, Q1 2014, May 2014, Vendor Revenue. IBM also recently assessed that Linux on System z adoption is widespread with 80 of the top 100 System z customers running Linux on the mainframe and more than 50 percent of all new mainframe accounts since 2010 running Linux.

Given this growth of Linux on System z adoption in the marketplace and the move of technology from on-premises deployments to cloud deployments, IBM has centered its education efforts for customers on strengthening cloud-based technology on Linux using System z mainframe technology. Noting that IBM has supported development of Linux on System z for more than a decade, IBM announced it is supporting the development of skills to take advantage of these applications through the IBM Academic Initiative.

While some companies are building their technology strategies upon the idea the mainframe is soon to be obsoleted, the IBM Academic Initiative is reminding developers that, although mainframe tech is 50 years old, it has never been more in demand for cloud, analytics, security, and mobile computing. In addition, the program intends to:

  • Help provide schools with education resources to introduce and develop enterprise computing skills to students;
  • Aid student to gain exposure to mainframe Linux job opportunities and careers;
  • Help facilitate student learning in high demand IT skills and linking employers to available students and professional talent.  

The product of more than seven years work between IBM and students, professors, businesses and universities, the IBM Academic Initiative now provides mainframe training and curriculum resources to more than 180,000 students at over 1,000 schools in 70 countries, including 11 universities in China.

Stay tuned to IBM's Linux on System z website for more news on the System z Linux and Cloud Center of Competency in Beijing, China.