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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

IBM launches Unix software development center

IBM has opened a development center to support companies building software for AIX, its version of Unix. The company will invest $200 million in the center over two years.

The AIX Collaboration Center, based in Austin, Texas, gives IBM customers, partners and academics the tools to develop, test and fine-tune programs for AIX, a data center operating system. In addition to IBM pSeries servers and 64-bit Power systems, the center provides access to technical experts, training and remote testing capabilities.

The center will house IBM's best Unix software engineers and Power chip designers and provide a place to showcase AIX developments to customers, partners, and independent software vendors.

"The AIX Collaboration Center will provide customers and partners with new programs and tools as well as early access to new technologies to refine the capabilities and features of the AIX operating system prior to each release," IBM said in a statement. "(It) will draw on the experience and expertise of IBM Research, Global Services, Software Group as well as multiple external resources."

Overseeing the center is Satya Sharma, an IBM engineer and chief AIX architect. Symantec and SAS are among the first software makers to participate in the center's activities.

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