IBM will invest US$1 billion to promote Linux development over the next
five years as it tries to adapt Power mainframes and servers to handle
cloud and big data applications in distributed computing environments.
The investment, expected to be announced at the LinuxCon conference in New
Orleans this week, will fund Linux application development programs for
IBM's Power servers and also be used to expand a cloud service where
developers can write and test applications for Power servers before
deployment. The investment will also facilitate software development
around IBM's new Power8 chips, which will go into servers next year.