06 May 1998:
- IBM is now shipping two integrated software suites for Windows NT**:
1. IBM Suite for Windows NT, for branch offices, departments and medium-sized companies
2. IBM Enterprise Suite for Windows NT, for large enterprises. These new suites provide leadership software, including groupware, database, communications and storage management capabilities, in one package that is easy to purchase, install, manage and use.
- Beta testing for the IBM Small Business Suite for Windows NT will begin on May 30. This suite provides a complete business solution for companies with fewer than 100 employees. General availability is scheduled for later this year.
- Intel*** LANDesk Management Suite*** will provide desktop systems management for both the IBM Suite for Windows NT and the IBM Enterprise Suite for Windows NT. Among LANDesk capabilities are remote problem resolution; hardware and software inventory; server monitoring; software metering and distribution.
The IBM Suite for Windows NT consists of:
- Intel LANDesk Management Suite, Version 6.1, an integrated solution for managing Intel architecture-based networked PCs and servers. LANDesk provides remote control of all client PCs on a local-area network (LAN) from a single point of administration. LANDesk's management applications work together to help maximize information technology staff productivity and increase system uptime, even in mixed network environments.
- Lotus Domino****, an application and messaging server with an integrated set of services that enable users to easily create secure, interactive business solutions for the Internet, corporate intranets and extranets. With Domino, developers can rapidly build, deploy, and manage applications that help co-workers, partners, and customers collaborate and coordinate critical business activities on-line. Domino supports a variety of clients and devices, including Web browsers and Lotus Notes **** clients.
- IBM DB2 Universal Database*, the industry's first multimedia, Web-ready relational database management system. It enables customers to:
1. access any amount of data without the traditional restraints on data sources and locations
2. perform a range of tasks, from decision support to business transactions
3. work with text, image, audio and video data types
4. start managing data quickly and easily
5. run the same software across desktops, workgroups and enterprises.
- IBM eNetwork Communications Server*, which helps businesses leverage current networking investments by integrating I/T networks with new Internet and e-business applications. Communications Server connects users to applications -- even when platforms and networks are diverse -- with proven reliability, open standards, scaleabilty and security.
- IBM ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM)*, an enterprise storage management solution for safeguarding mission-critical data. ADSM automates the backup, restore and archive of critical data, and provides disaster recovery services for managing and protecting data across the network.
- A powerful installation program that speeds both express and custom installations. This integrated tool gives a consistent look and feel to installations; monitors disk space; checks for prerequisite software requirements; and enables component installations among multiple servers.
- A sample Intranet Sales Manager application that shows how suite components, such as Domino and DB2, work together and provides the building blocks for creating e-business applications. This sample application, unique to the IBM Suite for Windows NT, uses an IBM VisualAge for Java* application to retrieve sales data and chart the data using different views within a browser. The application also completes the sales process by generating invoices and storing updated information in the database.
The IBM Enterprise Suite for Windows NT augments the components in the IBM Suite for Windows NT with:
- IBM TXSeries*, which gives solution developers a flexible environment for building highly secure, reliable transactional applications that are based on industry standards and incorporate leading technologies such as Java and distributed objects. TXSeries handles 50 percent of Web-based stock trades worldwide.
- IBM MQSeries*, an open, scaleable messaging and information backbone that enables organizations to transact complex business processes across heterogeneous hardware and more than 25 major operating system platforms -- more than any other messaging software on the market. It provides a bridge between the Internet and core business applications.
- IBM DB2 Connect* provides extremely fast and robust connectivity between Windows NT desktops and data stored in DB2 and other databases.
- Tivoli LAN Access**** software, which ships with the IBM Enterprise Suite for Windows NT, integrates LAN management tools with Tivoli management software.
The IBM Small Business Suite for Windows NT consists of:
- Lotus Domino Intranet Starter Pack**** provides a set of business solutions designed for any growing company looking to leverage an intranet to foster internal and external e-mail communication, internal project collaboration, and the Internet to attract and engage customers. It also includes a complete Internet e-mail system featuring group calendaring and scheduling, faxing, as well as a set of 12 ready-to-work business applications.
- IBM DB2 Universal Database.
- A simple install program, which streamlines the setup and installation of server and client applications.
Technical and Marketing Support Services:
The new IBM suites come with a full complement of technical, sales and marketing support and services, among them:
- A licensing program that provides integrated product support -- one source, one call for technical support for all suite components from IBM, Lotus, Intel and Tivoli.
- Defect support and problem determination for the Windows NT operating system, as well as assistance with installation, usage and other operating-system needs.
- Planning and installation services to assist customers and business partners with integrating the IBM suites into their existing environments.
- Sales workshops offering resellers effective tools and techniques for selling.
- Hands-on technical workshops on integrating the IBM suites with business partner service offerings.
- A multimedia CD-ROM that provides high-quality presentations, solution benefits, and other marketing materials on IBM's e-business solutions and suites for Windows NT.
- The IBM Suite for Windows NT can be licensed for $2,499 per suite and $225 per desktop client for users requiring access to all suite components. The IBM Enterprise Suite for Windows NT can be licensed for $16,249 per suite and $375 per desktop client for users requiring access to all suite components.
- The licensing agreement offers customers a choice of either installing all suite components on a single hardware server, or distributing the components across multiple hardware servers.
- Users can install the entire suite or select components that fit their individual business needs.
- Upgrade pricing options are available for customers and business partners who already have one or more IBM or Lotus suite components, or Microsoft BackOffice** installed.
- Pricing, terms and conditions for the IBM Small Business Suite will be announced at the time of general availability later this year.
* Indicates trademark or registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
** Indicates trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
*** Indicates trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
**** Indicates trademark or registered trademark of respective companies.