IBM announced today that they were teaming up with Canonical to create LinuxONE. LinuxONE will run many popular open source enterprise software programs, such as Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker.
According to TechCrunch, the server will be based on Ubuntu, Canonical's open source software platform, and is a part of IBM's expansion of its data, cloud and security endeavors. Mainframes may feel like an intimidating investment due to their size; to address initial reservation, IBM is offering LinuxONE with an "elastic, cloud-like" pricing model, much like a monthly subscription.
LinuxONE, described by IBM as "the industry’s most powerful and secure enterprise servers designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era," will in fact arrive in two different forms (but will both be under the LinuxONE umbrella title):
Emperor -- A larger server running on the IBM z13 mainframe.
Rock Hopper -- A smaller, "entry level" mainframe.
Hot on the heels of that announcement, Linux launched their Open Mainframe project, with, you guessed it, the help of IBM. IBM reportedly devoted "250,000 lines of code" to Linux. The hope, says TechCrunch, is that Open Mainframe users will capitalize on the open source production model, creating "tools and technologies" for Linux and innovating through collaboration.
"Fifteen years ago, IBM surprised the industry by putting Linux on the mainframe, and today more than a third of IBM mainframe clients are running Linux,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems. “We are deepening our commitment to the open source community by combining the best of the open world with the most advanced system in the world in order to help clients embrace new mobile and hybrid cloud workloads. Building on the success of Linux on the mainframe, we continue to push the limits beyond the capabilities of commodity servers that are not designed for security and performance at extreme scale."