IBM Offers Linux Implementation Services Across All Systems
November 27, 2006 Timothy Prickett Morgan
If you want to put Linux on an IBM server–no matter what Big Blue brand you are talking about–and you don’t want to be hassled by setting it up on the box, then IBM has a bunch of services for you.
IBM has announced three services for Linux, and they join a growing portfolio of services that Big Blue has “productized” over the past few months to make the consumption of services more like the consumption of hardware and software. Implementation Services for Linux Distributions brings one of IBM’s 7,000 Linux experts into your shop to put a commercial Linux distribution on your machines and set it up to do what you want it to do. As part of this service, IBM will also show you how to set up software on other hardware. IBM’s System i, System p, System x, BladeCenter, and System z servers can all be part of this service offering. IBM is prepared to install Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server on your gear.
The Implementation Services for Linux Server Consolidation helps customers to do what a lot of the IBM press releases say they should do: migrate applications to Linux and consolidate them onto virtualized server instances. And finally, if you want to build a parallel Linux cluster to run supercomputing, data warehousing, and similar workloads, then the Implementation Services for Linux High Performance Computing Clusters is for you. This latter offering is only available on System x and BladeCenter servers, however. So if you want to build a Linux supercomputer cluster on Power iron, IBM does not have a shrink-wrapped services offering for you.
What IBM also does not have for these productized services is a list price. So, IBM has the idea half right. They have a services product they can sell like a piece of hardware, but no published list price.