Linux program targets Solaris

IBM will offer services designed to help customers migrate from Sun's Solaris to Red Hat's Linux.

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IBM has expanded a program to lure customers using Sun Microsystems servers and software to Big Blue products running Red Hat's Linux, the company plans to announce Tuesday. The company will offer qualified customers a free service to assess the best way to migrate from Sun's Solaris operating system to Linux.

The company will try to convince those customers they should then purchase IBM's Migration Factory services, in which a team of IBM specialists works with the client to make the transition. Since IBM began its Linux program several years ago, about 3,000 of its 12,000 Linux customer engagements have been with customers moving from Solaris to Linux, IBM said.