IBM Corp., which has been moving to ensure its hardware and software are compatible with the Linux open-source operating system, is making gains in the storage-networking sector. The company says it will deliver the broadest portfolio of Linux-enabled storage products in the industry, including high- to low-end disk and tape systems. Customers running IBM's Linux applications will be able to store and integrate data in a variety of formats on any platform throughout the e- business infrastructure, IBM notes.

Executives of IBM, Armonk, N.Y., say effective management of data in storage networks will become increasingly important as Linux evolves into enterprise- class computing environments and becomes a platform for storage management. There are an estimated 14 million active Linux users, up from 7 million in 1998 and 3 million in 1997.

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