on Linux for IBM eServer zSeries generally available May 31st

March 13, 2002

Leading telecommunications company Alcatel plans to install the new SAP application server on an IBM eServer zSeries running Linux

CeBIT, Hannover, Germany

IBM® today announced plans to make the® e-business platform on Linux® for the IBM eServer zSeriesTM generally available on May 31st, 2002.

By offering on Linux for eServer zSeries, IBM and SAP® will provide customers with an open, fast, scalable, and reliable e-business collaborative solution that can run natively, in an LPAR (logical partition), or on z/VMTM. Linux on the eServer zSeries mainframe also offers an ideal platform for server consolidation, utilising the mainframe's ability to create as few as 20 and up to thousands of virtual Linux servers on a single physical box, saving customers substantially on energy, floor space, and maintenance expense.

"The Linux installation on zSeries was simple and quick. Being UNIX®-experienced, the installation of the SAP application server on Linux was very straight forward. All our extensive performance tests could be finished successfully and we were very pleased with the performance results," said Burghart Pohler, manager of the Alcatel data center of pilot customer Alcatel SEL AG. "We are planning to use the SAP Application Server on Linux for zSeries in our production environment as soon as possible as we expect high performance, optimized hardware utilisation and easier systems management with the new solution".

The solution integrates the SAP application server on 64-bit Linux for eServer zSeries with the industry-leading DB2 Universal DatabaseTM for z/OSTM and OS/390®. The database access performance is significantly improved when the application server and database server run on the same eServer zSeries system.

"Linux on the IBM eServer zSeries allows customers to consolidate multiple SAP systems onto one hardware platform, thus simplifying both systems and data management and allowing high-speed database access," said Rich Lechner, vice president of sales and marketing for IBM eServer zSeries worldwide. " and DB2, with eServer zSeries at its core gives our customers more options in taking advantage of the systems consolidation, superior reliability and outstanding systems management characteristics of the IBM eServer mainframe."

"Linux is the world's fastest growing operating system, and serves as a high-powered platform that empowers our customers worldwide to manage multiple SAP solutions in an open infrastructure", said Stephan Rossius, vice president Global Partner Management at SAP AG. "It meets fully the quality standards of SAP for use in a mission critical environment. We are excited to work with IBM to deliver this power and performance that our customers have to expect".

SUSE will fully support on Linux for zSeries with a maintained 64-bit distribution of its SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7, one of the most advanced enterprise Linux computing systems today. The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 7 operating system is available and certified across all IBM eServer hardware platforms.

Solution Demonstration at CeBIT, 13-20th March on Linux for eServer zSeries will be demonstrated at CeBIT, Hannover, 13th-20th March at the IBM booth in hall 1, 5d2, at DP 36. Additionally, two IBM/SAP seminars focusing on the solution will take place on Wednesday 13th March and Monday 18th March at 2pm at the Executive Communication Center, IBM booth in hall 1, upper level.

About IBM

IBM is the world's number one server company and information technology provider, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM helps customers, business partners and developers in a wide range of industries that leverage the power of the Internet for e-business. More information available at

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About Alcatel

Alcatel is a major player in the area of telecommunications and the Internet. Alcatel designs, develops and builds innovative and competitive communications networks, enabling carriers, services providers and enterprises to deliver any type of content, such as voice, data and multimedia, to any type of consumer, anywhere in the world. Relying on its leading and comprehensive products and solutions portfolio, stretching from end-to-end optical infrastructures, fixed and mobile networks to broadband access, Alcatel's customers can focus on optimising their service offerings and revenue streams. With sales of Euro 25 billion in 2001 and 99,000 employees, Alcatel operates in more than 130 countries. Alcatel Deutschland sales are in Germany Euro 2,7 billion and 13,500 employees. More information at

About Novell
Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver secure identity management (Novell® Nsure™), Web application development (Novell exteNd™) and cross-platform networking services (Novell Nterprise™), all supported by strategic consulting and professional services (Novell NgageSM). Active in the open source community with its Ximian and SUSE Linux brands, Novell is firmly committed to open source and offers comprehensive Linux products and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server. Novell's vision of one Net - a world without information boundaries - helps customers realize the value of their information securely and economically. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) or visit Press should visit

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