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IBM Virtualization Wins Top Honors at LinuxWorld


LinuxWorld and IDG World Expo Recognize IBM With Product Excellence Leadership Award

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - 17 Aug 2006: LinuxWorld -- Linux Journal and IDG World Expo today announced the results of its Product Excellence awards which included a first-place award for IBM (NYSE: IBM) with an overall category win for Best Virtualization Solution with its Advanced POWER Virtualization product. The Linux Journal Product Excellence Awards distinguish product and service innovations by LinuxWorld exhibitors.

“In the forty years since pioneering virtualization on the mainframe, IBM has continued to expand the reach of virtualization across our systems, including our UNIX-based System p servers,” said Rich Lechner, Vice President, Virtualization, IBM. “IBM is pleased to accept this honor from Linux community leaders. These awards not only recognize products in the market but inspire new research and innovation for leaders, like IBM, in the open source community.”

Advanced POWER Virtualization is an IBM Virtualization Engine offering that runs on IBM POWER systems and offers users many opportunities for simplification and cost savings in the IT infrastructure including:

* Reducing the total cost of ownership and making better use of IT assets by significantly improving server utilization and sharing I/O resources.
* Improving business responsiveness and operational speed by dynamically re-allocating resources to applications as needed -- to better match changing business cycles or handle unexpected surge in demand.
* Simplifying the management of IT infrastructure by making workloads independent of hardware resources. This allows users to make business-driven policies to deliver resources based on time, cost and service-level requirements.
* Through higher efficiency, POWER systems for Linux® and UNIX® operating systems provide leadership in the price, availability and functionality of meeting your IT requirements through virtualization.

Also at LinuxWorld, IBM announced that by the fourth quarter, 2006, Advanced POWER Virtualization technology will provide a virtual environment that will run unmodified x86 Linux applications on IBM System p servers using IBM POWER5 and POWER5+ processors, as well on BladeCenter JS20 and JS21 servers.

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