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IBM Introduces E-Business Solutions for Mid-Market Customers


SOMERS, N.Y. - 22 Oct 2000: ... IBM today announced new offerings for the IBM eServer* iSeries** product line designed to help customers move rapidly and affordably to the next generation of e-business. The new offerings include Connect for iSeries, an integrated B2B framework; Capacity Upgrade on Demand, a quick method of activating additional processor capacity; and new industry-standard rack-mount offerings for selected iSeries models.

IBM eServer iSeries is a high-performance, integrated business server featuring the world's first production microchips made of silicon-on-insulator transistors and copper wiring. The IBM eServer iSeries product line includes the iSeries Models 820, 830, 840, 270 and Dedicated Servers for Domino.

"IBM eServer iSeries is designed to provide integrated solutions that help mid-size customers take advantage of the explosive growth in business-to-business commerce," said Tom Jarosh, general manager, Mid-Market Servers, IBM. "Today, we're delivering advanced technology, increased application flexibility and new tools to help customers manage the complexities of the next generation of e-business."

A recent study by Jupiter Research1 projects that business-to-business commerce will expand from $336 million this year to $6.3 trillion in 2005. This represents a huge opportunity for mid-market customers who can extend their core business applications to trading partners over the Internet.

New B2B Integration

To reduce the complexity of deploying business-to-business solutions, IBM announced Connect for iSeries, an integrated business-to-business framework that enables customers to connect their existing core data and applications to trading partners via secure transactions over the Internet. Connect for iSeries helps customers achieve low-cost, high-function business integration previously available only with expensive EDI solutions.

Because it is based on open industry standards, such as Java and XML, Connect for iSeries insulates customers from technology change. It provides a simple way of making existing applications "B2B-ready," while allowing customers to incrementally add new B2B function based on their business requirements.

Connect for iSeries provides basic tools, connectivity and catalog functions to help mid-market customers deploy business-to-business solutions effectively and affordably -- as well as connect their business to a trading service, such as the Ariba Commerce Services Network or Intellisys.

New Tools for Managing e-Business

To help customers keep pace with the rapid rate of change in the e-business world, IBM announced Capacity Upgrade on Demand, a quick, non-disruptive method of activating additional processor capacity that provides flexible growth for application service providers and "new economy" companies.

Vertical Capacity Upgrade on Demand offers new processor features for the IBM eServer iSeries Model 840 that give customers the flexibility to respond to unpredictable workload growth. Customers can install an iSeries 840 server with a full complement of processors, but only enable and pay for a subset of the processors needed. When business needs call for additional capacity, the customer can immediately activate the standby processors and pay for the incremental capacity at the time of activation.

Horizontal Capacity Upgrade on Demand enables businesses to flexibly and quickly respond to additional capacity requirements. Additional iSeries servers can be shipped, readily available to meet business needs. These servers can be held in reserve, minimizing capital investment and providing customers a cost-effective, flexible solution for managing unpredictable growth.

New Rack-Mount Offerings

IBM also announced new industry standard EIA rack-mount offerings for selected iSeries models, enabling businesses to conserve valuable floor space when multiple servers are put to work in a single location.

This initial offering of iSeries rack mounting includes three configurations:

Support for Linux

In keeping with IBM's embrace of the Linux operating system, iSeries will run the Linux kernel in a logical partition in a future release, allowing iSeries customers to take full advantage of the platform's scalability and robust availability when running Linux applications.

Running Linux in an iSeries logical partition gives customers flexible resource allocation and a choice of operating environments. It also makes the strengths of iSeries accessible to Linux programmers around the world, potentially attracting thousands of new e-business applications to the platform.

New e-business Solutions

In addition to Linux, businesses can gain a significant competitive edge by deploying integrated e-business solutions on iSeries servers. Leading CRM and SCM software providers such as Ariba, Clear Technologies and Logility have recognized the B2B potential of the iSeries product line and have committed to support it with e-business applications. Many of these new solutions take advantage of the integration between iSeries and xSeries servers.

IBM eServer solution offerings for iSeries include:

IBM eServer iSeries servers are available today. Capacity Upgrade on Demand and iSeries rack mount offerings will be available in December 2000. Connect for iSeries will be available in February 2001.

IBM is the largest server company in the world. The iSeries is an IBM eServer, a new generation of servers introduced earlier this month that feature mainframe-class reliability and scalability, broad support of open standards, and capacity on demand for managing the unprecedented demands of e-business. For more information, please visit www.ibm.com/iSeries.

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IBM news releases and fact sheets are available at www.ibm.com. For more information on IBM iSeries benchmarks, see www.iseries.ibm.com/extreme/benchmarks.htm

* The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the descriptive term "server" following it.

** The IBM e-business logo, iSeries and xSeries are trademarks of IBM Corporation. Java and all Java-related trademarks and logos are trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. in the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All others are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

1 For more information on the Jupiter Research study, see www.jupitercommunications.com/company/pressrelease.jsp?doc=pr001002

Contact(s) information

Tim Dallman
IBM
507-253-8838
tdallman@us.ibm.com

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