Compaq announced six new strategic initiaves yesterday aimed at integrating commercially viable Linux-based enterprise solutions into its server market.
The new Linux-focused initiatives and capabilities being introduced include high performance Beowulf clustering, investment and participation in the Oracle Linux Lab, a Linux and Tru64 Affinity Programme for interoperability andportability between Linux and UNIX, the contribution of SSI clustering technology to the open source, the addition of an Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) certification for Linux, to its Compaq Accredited Professionals Programme (CAPP), and the fostering development of Linux applications for handheld devices.
In a move Compaq is calling an industry first, the Linux accreditation program is designed to increase the supply of qualified Linux system engineers. In creating the program, Compaq is aligning its certification requirements with partners Red Hat and SAIR, with plans underway to include the Linux Professional Institute (LPI).
According to Compaq, the accredited training programs will enable Compaq customers, authorised resellers, service providers and integration specialists, as well as information-management personnel with the ability to plan, deploy, troubleshoot and maintain Linux based systems and solutions.