IBM backs Linux in the Enterprise

IBM backs Linux in the Enterprise

Post by lcs Mixmaster Remaile » Fri, 25 Dec 1998 04:00:00

   IBM Brings Enterprise and Web File Sharing to Linux

   December 1, 1998

   Transarc announces AFS for popular Linux operating system; New
   platform support accompanies new version of AFS

   Pittsburgh, PA, December 1, 1998 - Today, IBM's Transarc
   subsidiary unveiled its first Enterprise File Systems products
   for Linux. AFS Server and AS Client are now available for users
   to add Linux into their enterprise environments, enabling
   interoperability between and amongst servers and clients for
   Linux; Microsoft Windows 95, 98 and NT; and other Unix operating
   systems. IBM's Transarc is also announcing a new version of AFS,
   AFS3.5, which provides complete support for Windows NT as well
   as enhanced performance, caching and scalability for global
   information sharing.

   IBM's Enterprise File Systems, which include AFS* and DFS**,
   allow companies to share, find and manage files of information,
   such as Web pages, engineering designs, application software
   binaries and word processing documents. IBM's Enterprise File
   Systems have been an integral component of some of the world's
   most highly visited Web sites, including the 1998 Nagano Olympic
   Web site, 1998 Superbowl Web site and the 1998 Wimbledon tennis
   tournament Web site.

   AFS Server 3.5 and AFS Client 3.5 on the Linux operating system
   provide a cost-effective, reliable and scalable file sharing
   option for UNIX users. AFS3.5 includes performance enhancements
   in the file server and the backup system, as well as scalability
   enhancements such as the ability to operate AFS clients and
   servers with multiple network interfaces. In addition, they
   contain enhanced caching functionality which speeds up file look
   ups, improving performance and reducing bottlenecks.

   "Many of our customers have been asking for an AFS product on
   Linux. AFS is an extremely elegant and useful file sharing
   and file management system that fits in very well with the
   Linux philosophy," said Chris Maher, vice president, Enterprise
   File Systems, Transarc Corporation. "This AFS release is also
   exciting because we have achieved as much as five times the data
   throughout our file servers. We have also extended our Windows
   platform coverage and added powerful administrative tools."

   "AFS allows CERN and collaborating High Energy Physics institutes
   world-wide to share analysis software and research data samples
   regardless of location or operating system," says Rainer
   Toebbicke, section leader for Distributed File Services at
   the European Laboratory for Partciple Physics, CERN. "AFS is
   considered a vital part of our computing infrastructure. Its
   availability for Linux will enable us to seamlessly integrate
   Linux into our heterogeneous environment."

   Enterprise File Systems enhance users' ability to integrate
   Windows NT-based servers and clients with UNIX servers and
   clients in a secure, easy-access way to create global shared
   information systems amongst geographically dispersed computer
   users. In today's global collaborative computing environment,
   Enterprise File Systems create a productive work space in which
   users can share information and applications across heterogeneous
   platforms and multiple locations.

   Pricing and Availability

   AFS Server for Linux and AFS Client for Linux will be available
   in February 1999 directly from the IBM Software sales
   organization. Pricing for AFS Server for Linux begins at $1,995.
   Access to the AFS Client for Linux begins at $99 per user with
   volume discounts available. For Web-enabled environments, pricing
   for unlimited users is $6,495.

   The new version of AFS, version 3.5, will be available on Red Hat
   Linux, AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, IRIX, Digital UNIX, Windows NT and
   gateway support for Windows 95 and Windows 98.

   IBM and Transarc's Enterprise File Systems

   IBM's Enterprise File Systems are developed and marketed by
   IBM and Transarc. Transarc is a recognized leader in file
   systems technology as the original developer of AFS and DFS.
   With IBM's Enterprise File Systems offerings, users are able
   to take collections of dissimilar server and client machines
   and join them into a global, shared information system. AFS
   and DFS provide networks with high availability of infomation,
   robust performance, and powerful security technology. Transarc
   is committed to continuing its leadership in the development of
   large scale file systems infrastructure and powerful desktop
   clients in order to give users easier and faster access to
   information within the distributed global enterprise.

   About IBM Software

   IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with
   80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM
   Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware
   and operating systems for all types of computing platforms,
   allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era
   of e-business. The fastest way to get more information
   about IBM software is through the IBM Software home page at

   *Indicates a trademark or registered trademark of Transarc
   Corporation **DFS is a registered trademark of Transarc

   All other products and services are the properties of the companies


IBM backs Linux in the Enterprise

Post by W Gerald Hick » Sun, 27 Dec 1998 04:00:00