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IBM WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0* Brings Advanced Control to e-Business Network Computing

Cross-Platform IT Management Solution Speeds Application Deployment, Lowers Costs

PC EXPO, New York - 27 Jun 2000: -- Delivering a new generation of control for complex e-business enterprise networks, IBM today announced WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0*, a cross-platform IT solution that provides cost-efficient server-based management for a broad range of client hardware, operating system platforms, and applications.

WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0* helps customers address critical IT management needs arising from the industry's rapid adoption of network computing and e-business:

- Centralized client desktop management and control: WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0* features a restricted user desktop that allows administrators to select and control which applications are available to users and add new applications when they are needed.
- Easy deployment and maintenance of software: network managers can deploy software and make software updates directly and instantly accessible to client users from the server.
- Low cost of ownership: WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0* protects investments because it is compatible with both personal computers and network computers, and can manage a mixed set of clients including Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows 98, and OS/2.
- Broad access to servers: end users can log on from any client on the network, so if client hardware fails the IT manager can plug in new hardware, and if software fails, a new copy can be downloaded from the server. Restoring the system is easy and user downtime is minimized.

"WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0* combines the best of two worlds: the compelling value proposition of thin-client computing and the local processing power of clients," said John Soyring, vice president, e-business operating systems solutions, IBM. "In today's highly connected work environment, WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0* allows users to integrate key management functions, protect and extend their investments, and keep moving at the speed of e-business."

WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0* is best suited for industries where task-specific, operational applications are common and users require secure access to shared data and applications. These types of installations are most commonly found in vertical industries such as financial services, insurance, process manufacturing, wholesale and retail, travel and transportation, and education.

Argo Data Resource Corporation, an IBM Business Partner, is a leading provider of solutions that automate branch and Internet banking. "We were looking for a network client manager that was based on an open system, yet still afforded the flexibility our customers needed. We explored many different options and IBM's WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0 best fit the need," said Dave Perkowski, Director of Systems Development, ARGO Data Resource Corporation. "Using WorkSpace On-Demand to manage the large enterprise networks our customers deploy will help them better allocate their resources and in turn service their client base."

WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0* is available for order immediately; the Windows NT server version will begin shipment end of July and the Windows 2000 server version will begin shipment end of October. WorkSpace On-Demand 3.0* is a key part of the Managing Technology segment of IBM's Application Framework for e-business. The Managing Technology segment includes Tivoli management solutions that address performance and availability; security, storage, change and asset management, operations management; service management; and e-business application management.

Contact(s) information

Tim Keeley
IBM
(914) 766-1728
tkeeley@us.ibm.com

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