On Monday morning, IBM announced that its corporation would be releasing a new Linux mainframe server called LinuxONE along with an Ubuntu software distribution on the server in order to allow a wider audience to use mainframes and therefore expanding the market.
The LinuxONE server will include two sizes, one of which is called Emperor and can “scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or hundreds of thousands of containers—currently the most of any single Linux system,” according to IBM. Where Emperor is to be used for larger enterprises, smaller businesses should use the Rockhopper mainframe.
IBM also announced that in partnering with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, they would distribute the open source software on the Linux one and z systems. However, according to arstechnica the two companies did not give a specific date for when the Ubuntu mainframes would be available.
In any case, this reported distribution appears to be a win across the board, especially for both IBM and Canonical. Pund-IT principal analyst Charles King shared a similar sentiment acknowledging the benefits for both companies.
He said, “It should help IBM by opening doors in customers where Canonical is particularly strong. But Canonical is likely to benefit even more through exposure to the large enterprises that make up IBM’s traditional mainframe customer base.”
IBM has been increasingly efficient in raising sales from quarter to quarter and in this new endeavor, they hope to continue the hot streak.