IBM announced a new customer adoption and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) support of Linux on Power processor-based systems at Linux World in New York on Wednesday.

IBM’s 64-bit Power architecture systems help companies consolidate new Linux and Open Source applications for IBM eServer solutions.

The eServer pSeries and iSeries systems from are available for Red Hat and Suse Linux operating systems on IBM’s Power microprocessor-based architecture. The recently introduced IBM eServer BladeCente JS20 is also based on the Power architecture and is enabled for Suse Linux.

IBM says many businesses and organizations, from small non-profits to medium and large enterprises, are using IBM Linux on Power technology, including National Semiconductor, Kendall-Jackson wineries, Intermountain Health Care, manufacturing company LexCom, the Black Hills Corp. and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.

In response to high customer demand, IBM says it is also expanding its Linux server offerings, including more than 300 Linux OS-ready ISV software applications now available to run on the IBM eServer pSeries and iSeries platforms.