IBM Introduces Two Open-Source-Only Mainframes in Hardware Push

IBM is introducing two mainframe servers that run only on the open-source Linux operating system.

The new hardware will make it easier to run technology like the MongoDB database and the open-source software Spark, International Business Machines Corp. said. Spark is a free information-storing framework that IBM has said it is spending “hundreds of millions” to develop.

The mainframe is one of IBM’s signature hardware products that will help sell related software and services. Presently more than a third of IBM’s mainframe clients are running the Linux operating system, Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems, said in a release.

The Armonk, New York-based company has relied on sales of the mainframe to boost hardware revenue, which fell 32 percent last quarter, or a 5 percent gain when excluding the impact from divestitures and currency exchange.

IBM also said it will release mainframe code to the public and join a new cohort of less than a dozen academic, government and corporate entities in what’s called the Open Mainframe Project.

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