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Sep 4 2008   8:54AM GMT

Linux wins in straight sets over AIX and System i

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Every year IBM issues a press release touting its IT support for the U.S. Open tennis tournament in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. In past years, they have always talked about the Power processor technology and the benefits of System p and i, as well as Linux on i and p.

This year, their message is about going “green.” Surprise.

Not only that, but read into the details and you’ll discover that they’re only running Linux on Power now. No AIX. No IBM i (they weren’t running IBM i before, but still).

Timothy Prickett Morgan has a good, albeit short, piece, grousing about this U.S. Open development.

Considering that IBM doesn’t own a Linux operating system and has just rejiggered pricing on i 6.1 and AIX 6.1 to make them more competitive with Linux, the Grand Slam systems that IBM makes available to the U.S. Open, the French Open, and the Australian Open would seem to be a perfect place to show how a mix of AIX and i on Power6 iron is the best way to support modern Web applications. I mean, IBM does want to sell its own operating systems, right? And if AIX and i can’t–or won’t–compete against Linux on a level court with a study and straight net, well, what’s the point?

In past years, we’ve written about IBM running the U.S. Open on the site. The backbone of the operation used to be System p5 550 servers running AIX and Linux partitions, with the AIX partitions running player search and feedback applications. Meanwhile, Linux partitions on the System p servers and two System i servers ran other Web-serving applications as well as applications at the event hosting the Web site’s scoring system.

Now, apparently, it’s all Linux. At least it’s still on Power, but like Morgan says, this would be a prime opportunity to show off AIX and IBM i. Instead, Linux takes over the No. 1 seed.

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