IBM announced a new initiative in China this week, in an effort to help grow the position of Linux on Power. The new initiative will see a Power Systems Linux Center, located inside of IBM’s China Systems Center in Beijing. The center will be staffed by over 30 dedicated Linux professionals that are tasked with enabling Chinese customers to run applications on Linux Power systems.
The Power Systems Linux Center will be operated in collaboration with IBM’s Linux partners, Red Hat and SUSE Linux.
Chuck Bryan, Team Lead, Power Systems at IBM, explained to ServerWatch that the evolution of Linux is the key driving factor for the new push in China. In particular, Bryan noted Big Data usage, which is a workload that is enabled on Linux, is growing at an explosive pace.
“There are workloads and capabilities that are building and emerging around Linux that are very exciting to us and they really fit well with our Power architecture and the capabilities we can deliver with Power,” Bryan said.