January 24, 2001, 2:25 PM — Amdahl is washing its hands of the mainframe business. The firm last week said it has canceled plans for a 64-bit version of its IBM System 390-compatible mainframe. A unit of Fujitsu, Amdahl will continue making 32-bit System 390-compatible mainframes until March 2002, then support them until 2007. Amdahl will continue offering Unix- and Intel-based servers. Last year, Hitachi Data Systems abandoned the mainframe business, meaning that after 2002, IBM will be the only major player in the market. Amdahl:www.amdahl.com
The need for training IT professionals on the Linux operating system is increasing, according to a report released last week. The IDC study says the market for training professionals on the open source operating system could rise to $311 million by 2004. The market in 1999 was worth $10.9 million. The rapid deployment of Linux servers is sparking the need for greater understanding of the evolving operating system. Overall, Linux is "pretty small" in the IT training market as Microsoft Windows NT still dominates. Linux ranks second, while Unix and Novell NetWare come in third and fourth, respectively.
Storage vendor SANbolic announced software that lets a number of servers share storage on one storage device. The software, called Kayo, lets customers logically carve up a storage array and assign parts to specific servers. Kayo uses the NT File System and operates on NT and Windows 2000 servers. It also supports software RAID 0 (striping) and hardware RAID one, three and five. Kayo is available for $2,000 per managed device and is available now.