ibmCHICAGO, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — At the LinuxCon North America conference last week, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced it is tapping into its global network of over 50 IBM Innovation Centers and IBM Client Centers to help IBM Business Partners, IT professionals, academics, and entrepreneurs develop and deliver new Big Data and cloud computing software applications for clients using Linux on IBM Power Systems servers.

Last year IBM committed $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for its Power Systems servers including the opening of five new Power Systems Linux Centers in Beijing, China, New York, New York, Austin, Texas, Montpelier, France and Tokyo, Japan.  Today over 1500 ISV applications are available for Linux on Power, fueled in part by work performed at these centers.

IBM is adding Power Systems Linux services to its Innovation and Client Centers to accelerate this momentum and meet growing global demand for new kinds of software applications that take advantage of IBM’s superior POWER8 architecture. The expansion – a more than 10x increase in global reach – provides in-person and online access to Linux on Power Systems application development resources to potentially thousands of additional IBM Business Partners, developers, and clients worldwide in key arenas including Brazil, Russia, India, Vietnam, Australia, United Kingdom and Germany.

“With a higher number of threads per core, a significant clock speed increase and a phenomenal offload capability via CAPI, IBM POWER8 is a fantastic processor for Cognitive and Big Data applications,” said Amir Husain, Founder & CEO, SparkCognition Incorporated. “We are using POWER8-based systems to analyze large Cloud Security and Industrial Internet data sets, build automated Cognitive computing models, find threats and automatically research potential vulnerabilities via Natural Language Processing and other Machine Learning techniques.”

Open Server Innovation

IBM Power Systems offer the first open server platform for enterprise computing.1 POWER’s open architecture and Linux are at the core of the OpenPOWER Foundation, an open development community formed in 2013 that now includes 53 members worldwide collaborating to leverage the POWER processor’s open architecture for broad industry innovation. The members of the OpenPOWER Foundation are collaborating to help meet the evolving needs of business by:

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