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IBM Launches New Offerings for Telecommunications Service Providers

IBM teams with Alcatel, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Telcordia Technologies and Ulticom

White Plains, NY - 14 Nov 2000: -- IBM today announced a major initiative to help Telecommunications Service Providers (TSPs) deliver high-value applications over next generation networks. IBM will leverage its new hardware, software, and services capabilities with key partners to offer TSPs integrated solutions to address current challenges in the service provider marketplace.

IBM's key business partners in this new initiative are Telecommunications Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). Today IBM is announcing initiatives with Alcatel, Lucent Technologies, Nortel Networks, Telcordia Technologies and Ulticom to build new e-business infrastructure and deliver industry leading solutions over these networks.

The communications sector expenditure is expected to grow from approximately $70 billion in 2000 to more than $100 billion in 2003, as Telcos convert from voice (circuit switch) to digital (packet switch) networking. "Telecommunications companies are migrating their legacy networks, and we have now reached that critical point in time where industry business models are changing virtually overnight," said Mike Hill, general manager, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry. "Together with our business partners we will help TSPs completely rebuild their e-business infrastructure."

IBM will deploy an integrated set of offerings that include NEBS compliant servers and storage, carrier grade middleware, Tivoli service management tools and consulting, systems integration and operations services.

Among the solutions to be delivered are:
Wireless e-business Offerings that help TSPs build, deploy and manage services in the growing area of mobile e-business;
Broadband Offerings that help TSPs design, deploy and operate the next generation of IP-based broadband infrastructure, including DSL, cable and wireless;
IP Telephony Solutions that allow TSPs to carry both data and voice traffic over the network;
BSS/OSS Transformation Services that help TSPs to adapt and integrate their business support systems (BSS) and operations support systems (OSS) into new IP based technologies;
Internet Data Centers for TSPs seeking to offer a combination of high speed networking and data center services -- including servers, storage and network transport -- to application service providers, Internet service providers, Web hosting companies, and others;
Point-of-Presence Buildout Solutions to help TSPs to build facilities in which they can deliver a broad range of services to customers including Internet access, intranets, data services, IP telephony, and wholesale services that the TSPs can make available for resale.

IBM is forming Network Innovation Laboratories in North America, Europe and Asia to create and test these new services and solutions. These laboratories are under development and will be fully operational by March 2001.

IBM solutions consist of:

IBM Services designed for service provider environments

IBM Global Services will develop its next-generation solutions through a global network of Network Innovation Laboratories staffed by IGS service professionals with expertise in designing and deploying network architectures, software, and systems integration in a service provider environment. Solutions will be tailored to the unique requirements of each TSP and will leverage the full capabilities of IBM's hardware, software, and services as well as those of its partners. Applications and middleware developed by IBM and partners will be integrated in end-to-end solutions with network-compliant servers and telecommunications equipment to ensure inter operability, scalability, and reliability.

In addition, IBM Global Services will continue to offer the industry's most extensive range of systems integration, strategic outsourcing, and integrated technology services. These support and complement those described above, allowing IBM to tailor and offer services to address the unique needs to TSP clients in different countries. For example, IBM offers a full range of global networking consulting, design, implementation, and deployment services that will be enhanced to address the unique needs of TSPs.

IBM will exploit its extensive experience with enterprise clients and solutions from a variety of networking vendors and will add new TSP capabilities to focus on such areas as access infrastructure, mobile and wireless, IP telephony, and wide area transport. IBM is also offering services to address the Internet data center opportunity, including the provision of physical facilities and management services. IBM will provide maintenance services to provide world-class service support for many non-IBM products.

IBM Servers and storage designed for service provider environments:

pSeries Servers
The IBM family of Unix servers is known for it's outstanding performance, reliability, high availability and scalabilty for mission critical environments. These capabilities position IBM Unix servers as ideal platforms for use in Telecommunication Service Providers Next Generation Networks.

The newest addition to the Unix family, the IBM pSeries 640, is a compact and rugged system which is NEBS Level 3 compliant and designed for carrier-grade environments. It is a cost effective, rack-mounted 1-4 way processor server powered by the high performance RISC 64 bit POWER 3-II microprocessor. The new pSeries 640 server is designed for high availability with features such as "lights out" system management, redundant cooling fans, and redundant power supplies (AC or -48V DC). It is ideal for Telecommunications Service Providers looking to maximize server density within their network operation centers.

The pSeries 640 provides an estimated greater performance1 of up to 23 percent at a 15 percent lower price than the Sun Netra t 1405. Along with other IBM servers for the NEBS environment (H70,H80,M80), IBM delivers an unmatched range of server performance to telecommunication networks and operations.

xSeries Server
The xSeries 330 introduces C2T, a new cable chaining design eliminating 70 percent of connections and more than 53 cables per rack (over 80 meters). Combined with the integrated on-board service processor, ISP's and enterprise web centers will save more than $25,000 per rack of web servers. C2T enables ISP's to maximize computing power, speed of deployment and increase server reliability.

Each connection expands setup time and cost and increases points of failure. As time to revenue is paramount for ISP's and dotcom companies, C2T allows for x330 servers to be installed and running in half the time of traditional rack servers.

IBM Expandable Storage
The IBM 2104 Expandable Storage Plus (EXP Plus) provides flexible, scalable, and low-cost disk storage in a compact package. This new disk enclosure is ideal for Telecommunication Service Providers who need high-performance external disk storage in a small footprint . It is designed for NEBS, offers DC power as an option, and supports up to 14 disks in a single drawer. The EXP Plus is available in rack-mount and desk side models.

The IBM 7133 Model D40 storage subsystem is another storage option which is NEBS compliant and enables IBM's Serial Storage Architecture high speed storage for use in the telecom market.

IBM Software designed for service provider environments

WebSphere Everyplace Suite for Service Provider
The IBM WebSphere Everyplace Suite (Everyplace Suite) extends IBM's WebSphere platform to let businesses easily connect Web and enterprise data to non-PC devices, including mobile phones (or smart phones), PDAs, and other Internet appliances. It combines into one product all the "software ingredients" businesses, application developers and Web integrators need to create and deliver applications for a new generation of pervasive devices.

The IBM WebSphere Everyplace Suite features IBM transcoding software that can automatically "translate" data into a format that can be read on non-PC devices, and has integrated device and subscriber management technology from Tivoli to help businesses easily track and manage devices. It has robust data synchronization capabilities to keep data current across multiple devices, and it supports both TCP/IP and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) wireless connectivity.

Future WebSphere Extensions for TSPs
The WebSphere family will be extended to provide an environment for rapid and cost effective deployment of telecom services. Visual tools, such as IBM's Visual Age for Java, will be used to create these services by manipulating a collection of telecom based Java beans. It will improve productivity and greatly reduce the time to develop, test and deploy telecom services.

About IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable telecommunications Service Providers and equipment suppliers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM is through the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com. Information on IBM's telecommunications offerings can be found at http://www.ibm.com/industries/telecom

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Contact(s) information

Jo McKenna
IBM
212-745-5995
jomckenn@us.ibm.com

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