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IBM Simplifies and Speeds IT Operations for Small and Mid-Size Businesses With New Innovative Systems

IBM's Leading "All-in-One" IT System Delivers POWER5+ Boost; Helps Promote Solutions Innovation by Simplifying Deployment of Java and SOA Applications

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ARMONK, NY - 31 Jan 2006: IBM today announces the next generation of its leading "all-in-one" IT platform for small and mid-size businesses -- the System i5 line -- with major advances to help simplify IT operations. The new System i5 line helps small and medium businesses mask the complexity of IT operations, delivers excellent performance, and helps promote solutions innovation with broad application choices across four operating systems.

IBM is delivering the System i5 line with its leading POWER5+ processor, a dual-core "system on a chip" that runs at speeds up to 2.2 GHz, and shows up to a 33 percent increase in performance over the current POWER5-based iSeries models.

IBM is introducing a new version of its integrated operating system, i5/OS V5R4, plus extending greater flexibility to run Linux, AIX 5L and Microsoft Windows applications on the same system(1). i5/OS V5R4 delivers enhanced security and disaster recovery features that help companies promote continuous operations and make outages of any kind -- planned or unplanned -- transparent to their business.

Because small and mid-size businesses have fewer IT staff, the System i5 platform is designed as an "all-in-one" IT system. It comes prepackaged with the hardware and software needed to run business applications -- the database, application servers, operating system, networking, security and management tools, plus storage.

"The System i5 platform sets a new standard for simplicity and application flexibility that strongly resonates with IT managers in small to mid-sized businesses," said Mark Shearer, IBM System i5 general manager. "Today's news combined with our System i5 Initiative for Innovation shows that IBM is focused on continuing to help small and medium companies gain a strong return-on-investment as they deploy new applications they need to help grow their business."

Additional new features that help simplify IT operations for small and medium businesses include:

Additional new features that help promote solutions innovation for small and medium businesses include:

Kevin Dunn, IT manager at Shambaugh & Son, an engineering firm and long-time iSeries customer, reports that in tests i5/OS V5R4 has enabled his organization to increase functionally on the system, which supports four sister companies, and is easier to use. "We have been testing i5/OS V5R4 on our system and have experienced noticeably better performance with no downtime," said Dunn. "We love what the new operating system delivers."

Product Availability
The enhanced POWER5 microprocessor technology for System i5 products is available on all models -- 520, 550, 570, and 595 -- and is planned to ship on February 14, 2006. Integration of BladeCenter and System i5 is planned to be available to customers in May 2006. Various financing options are available for any of the iSeries products to help provide clients a simple way to add capacity and leverage their IT investment. For more information visit: http://www-03.ibm.com/servers/eserver/iseries/.

About the IBM System i5
The IBM System i5 platform is a tightly integrated system including hardware, middleware, storage and security. The System i5 platform can run i5/OS, Windows (via an integrated Intel-based server option), Linux and AIX 5L operating environments simultaneously so clients can reinvest those savings to help grow their business. Business partners and solutions providers of all sizes drive System i5 platform success by building, selling and deploying over 6,400 of the world's most popular business applications for their clients on the System i5 platform.

IBM Systems and Technology Group
IBM systems and technologies facilitate the sharing of servers, storage and networking resources to create true on demand operations that enable businesses to collaborate more efficiently and securely. IBM Systems and Technology Group delivers innovative solutions for the increased collaboration between companies and institutions that has begun to blur the traditional lines of information technology. New technologies like virtualization, open standards and encryption help organizations and partners share information in real-time and collaborate seamlessly on innovative applications ranging from designing automobiles and aircraft to discovering new medicines.

Contact(s) information

Colleen Haikes
IBM Media Relations
(415) 545-4003
chaikes@us.ibm.com

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1 The System i5 platform can run Microsoft Windows via an integrated Intel-based server option.