IBM and eyeos announce strategic collaboration for Cloud Computing solutions
December 2009 by Marc Jacob
eyeOS and IBM have announced a worldwide agreement as a result of the integration of eyeOS software in the latest System Z mainframe servers on IBM´s new series "Solution Edition for Cloud Computing”. As part of this agreement, IBM will offer the Open Source Web Desktop as the sample workload for the new System Z servers. For eyeOS, this agreement supports the company´s expansion in the USA as a powerful, scalable platform working with one of the biggest IT corporations in the world.
Under the terms of the collaboration, IBM will offer eyeOS to all customers who acquire System Z mainframe servers. IBM System Z mainframe servers are used mainly by large organizations for critical applications such as data processing and are considered the most reliable in the market. As Andrea Greggo (Cloud Computing Initiative and Market Strategy Leader in IBM) explains, the reason for choosing eyeOS was that: “It can be expanded to create a unified desktop cloud offering across all platforms to take advantage of the cloud computing acceleration”. As IBM states in a RedPaper about eyeOS which will be presented soon; EyeOS has an excellent scalability on high use servers with thousands of clients accessing the web services concurrently.
EyeOS has also released a new website (ibm.eyeos.org) with extra details and information for IBM customers to expand the possibilities of using eyeOS in their System Z servers. Thanks to this agreement, in 2010 eyeOS will be entering the USA market after 2 successful years of business development in Europe (Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy and the United Kingdom).
EyeOS is an Open Source Web Desktop started in 2005 in Barcelona, Spain. Today it has 14 local communities around the world and operates in more than 5 countries, keeping its headquarters in Barcelona, where it employs 25 people. EyeOS was selected Project of the Month by Sourceforge in August 2009 and has recently received the 2009 National Communications Award in Barcelona, Spain.