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IBM Brings Linux Offering to Small and Medium Sized Businesses

New Package Allows Software Vendors and Business Partners to Quickly Deploy Linux-based Solutions for Fast Growing Marketplace

developerWorksLive!, New Orleans, LA - 11 Apr 2003: At developerWorksLive! IBM today introduced a new packaged offering that allows its Business Partner network of software vendors and resellers to deliver Linux*-based solutions incorporating IBM hardware and software that are priced and designed for the small and medium business (SMB) marketplace.

Linux adoption among mid-sized businesses is growing. According to Gartner Group, 45 percent of mid-sized businesses are already using or experimenting with Linux, the open source operating system**. These mid-market companies recognize that Linux is a very reliable and cost-effective operating system. This growing support for Linux presents a tremendous opportunity for developers to deliver the Linux-based business applications these customers require.

To assist in meeting this growing need, the new IBM Integrated Platform Express allows IBM resellers and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to add business applications, like e-commerce and customer relationship management, to an integrated hardware and software offering that includes IBM's Intel-based servers and IBM's Express software. This enables the partners to quickly create an inexpensive, complete Linux-based solution they can resell to SMB customers, as well as a low cost platform they can use to test and deploy new Linux applications.

In addition, by using this platform, developers can respond to market demand faster because the initial integration of the IBM hardware and software is completed by an IBM Business Partner, saving time and money compared to ordering the items separately and integrating each piece.

"In today's economy, we need to be able to quickly create a complete solution with minimal investment - this offering from IBM helps meet our clients needs." said Michael Anderson, President, eOneGroup. "As demand for Linux solutions continues to gain momentum, especially among smaller businesses, the low cost of IBM's Integrated Platform Express, will allow us to extend the reach of our retail solution to a broader set of SMB customers."

The IBM Integrated Platform Express offering includes WebSphere Application Server - Express, DB2 - Express and the IBM eServer x225, x235 or x345 systems, along with disk storage and is well suited for businesses in a wide range of industries, including retail, finance, manufacturing, and government.

The hardware and software in this offering are specifically designed and priced to meet the needs of smaller businesses. WebSphere - Express is well-suited for building, deploying and managing Web sites, giving SMBs a reliable, easy-to-deploy foundation that's based on open industry standards, like Linux, Java and XML. DB2 - Express is a new, full function database with aggressively low per user pricing for the mid-market that can be pre-packaged with Partner applications, and features a convenient one or no-click "silent" database installation. The IBM eServer x225, x235 and x345 systems and related storage can meet the needs of price-conscious small and mid-size businesses and are ideally suited for e-business solutions.

"The momentum surrounding Linux is staggering - just from an IBM perspective alone, we have more than 44,000 ISV and corporate developers working with our software to create Linux-based applications," said Scott Handy, director, Linux Solution, IBM Software Group. "This new offering fills a gap in the marketplace for developers by giving them a low cost, Java-based platform that includes Intel-based hardware and industry-leading IBM software to test and deploy their Linux apps so they can quickly meet customer demand."

Availability and Pricing
The IBM Integrated Platform Express, will be available in June 27, 2003. The offering will be priced starting at a suggested list price of less than $4,000*** (US) and is available from IBM Business Partners. For additional information on this offering, please visit: www.ibm.com/linux/integratedplatformexpress.

Contact(s) information

Alise McNeill
IBM Media Relations
(919) 254-6262
alisem@us.ibm.com

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