IBM investing $200M in AIX Collaboration Centre

By Derek Sooman on December 19, 2005, 5:06 PM
IBM is to invest US$200 million over the next two years in its new AIX Collaboration Centre. The money will be used to equip and staff the centre, with the ultimate aim of creating a better working relationship between IBM and users of AIX. The centre, located in Austin, Texas, is home to IBM's UNIX development efforts, and will officially open this Friday. Satya Sharma, an IBM engineer and the company’s chief AIX architect, will manage the centre.

The center will provide AIX customers, developers, ISVs (independent software vendors) and academics access to the company's latest hardware, software and training, as well as technical consultants onsite and in remote locations. IBM will use the center as its base to develop and test new applications and middleware for AIX. The company will also work on key technology areas in relation to AIX, including virtualization and high availability of systems, according to Karl Freund, vice president, pSeries product marketing for IBM.




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PanicX said:
Wow, thats a lot of money to spend on a product SCO says they're not allowed to sell. [url=http://www.infoworld.com/article/03/06/17/HNrevoke_1.ht
l]SCO revokes AIX license[/url]
Subservient said:
That was two years ago. The matter has obviously subsided and (if you read the article above) IBM is trying to improve it's relationship between them and AIX. Also, they needed a new centre to improve UNIX development.
PanicX said:
Not quite. If you check [url=http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20051216192857
00]www.groklaw.net[/url] , you'll find that IBM and SCO are still quite entangled in a legal battle. It just so happens that IBM declared their license agreement irrevocable and ignored the SCO claim. I haven't seen any evidence anywhere showing IBM trying to improve a relationship with SCO. The only evidense here is that IBM is trying to improve their relationship with AIX users.
mentaljedi said:
I say its a waste of money. They could do so much more with that. Perhaps solve all this legal stuff first?
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