IBM hopes to Power cloud, analytics with $1 billion Linux investment

IBM will fund development of Linux applications and expansion of a Linux cloud service

By , IDG News Service |  Hardware

Hardware makers are focusing more on customizing software to take advantage of power, performance and instruction-set features on specific chips. Intel, which is a big contributor to Linux, offers a version of Hadoop for IT administrators who want scalability in their x86 server infrastructures to deal with large amounts of data. Oracle is customizing its database, cloud and other applications to work with Solaris OS and Sparc chips.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is

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