These mainframe beasts come in two flavors named after penguins, obviously. First LinuxOne flavor running on the IBM z13 is called Emperor and the other one is the Rockhopper. Compared to Emperor, the Rockhopper is a smaller and made for a more entry level mainframe system.
As mentioned earlier, this announcement comes in the wake of the future plans of IBM to attract a larger userbase toward mainframe systems. Now, IBM is focussing on a monthly subscription pricing model, along with a deeper connection with the FOSS community. The company is hoping to promote its business in enterprise security, analytics and cloud as LinuxOne will be supporting a wider range of open source software for the enterprise. These software include: MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef, Node.js, Apache Spark and Mango DB.
According to Ross Mauri, GM for IBM systems, IBM grabs around 10 to 20 customers a quarter. By employing the new and basic pricing model, company is hoping to grab more buyers who were earlier afraid of the high cost of mainframe systems.
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