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Linux Competency Center Opens Its Doors in New York City

Linux Competency Center Opens Its Doors in New York City

This week saw the strengthening by Sybase of its ties to Linux when it opened its new “Linux Competency Center” in New York City and also announced that it is expanding its alliance with Red Hat.

Sybase's entire global Linux professional services practice will now have this Center as its central reference point, with its NYC location sure to fuel speculation that what Sybase wants above all is snag the financial services firms as they migrate to Linux, which one by one—following Merrill Lynch’s lead—they seem certain to do as they seek to lower the total cost of ownership of their information management assets.

The Linux Competency Center will include expert technical resources and financial services specialists.

“It also houses the capacity to test and troubleshoot Sybase products -- from database to mobile and business intelligence applications -- on Linux,” says Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager of the company's Infrastructure Platform Group.

Nathan explains the center is going to be offering on-site support, and will include a range of hardware and software platforms from Dell, Egenera, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, and Sun. As the first vendor to deliver an enterprise-class RDBM on Linux, back in 1999, Sybase is well placed to extend its partnership with Red Hat, too: henceforth Sybase is to be a Red Hat Premier ISV Partner. Sybase and Red hat will also be working together in the future on engineering development, training, and support, and the two companies will exchange technology roadmaps in order to coordinate activities.

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