The Linux Beacon's Timothy Prickett Morgan points out this week that IBM is working hard to move self-supporting Linux HPC customers to commercial support. Big Blue is now offering the HPCC 8 Pack for Novell's SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 10. It is configured to run on IBM's e1350 X64-based clusters of System x rack servers.
The new bundle includes "a typical mix of management nodes and a larger number of calculation nodes," the story says. Morgan notes that pricing should be "considerably less" than a basic SLES 10 subscription, which lists at $249. The HPCC 8 Pack also includes first-line support from IBM, as well as online delivery of associated software and security patches.
IBM also has a reseller agreement with Red Hat in place, Morgan says, through which it can offer Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 or 5 to System X and BladeCenter customers who prefer RHEL to SuSE.