IBM Targets Small and Medium Business with New Server Integrated with WebSphere

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ARMONK, NY - 19 Oct 2001: IBM today announced a new eServer integrated with WebSphere that provides mid-sized customers with an easy-to-deploy e-business system.

This pre-integrated hardware and software system helps small and medium businesses build Web-based solutions while taking advantage of the inherent strengths of IBM eServer iSeries, including ease of management, extensive ISV support, low total cost of ownership and popularity (more than 250,000 customers worldwide). In addition, customers can adopt open standards-based technologies including Java* 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), XML and Web services.

The system, called the IBM eServer iSeries Powered by WebSphere, is part of IBM's strategy to deliver low-priced, easy-to-implement, integrated hardware and software solutions to help mid-sized companies reduce the cost and complexity of e-business. According to IBM, small and medium business (up to 1,000 employees) will represent 52 percent of the total server market worldwide by 2004. The total IT opportunity for small and medium business is more than $300 billion, and customers spend two-thirds of those dollars on solutions for delivering fast return on their investment.

It includes a specially configured IBM eServer iSeries, pre-loaded with WebSphere Application Server software (Version 4) and WebSphere application development tools. Also included is optional services to ensure quick and affordable deployment, including custom installation, setup services, consulting, application design and prototyping.

The pre-loaded WebSphere software comes with a new wizard that makes the software especially easy to install and configure. WebSphere also offers customers the flexibility to start with the basic unit and add technologies as needed, including personalization, portals, commerce, voice and wireless.

According to Michele Rosen, Research Manager, IDC, "With its full breadth of software, hardware and services, IBM can enable mid-market customers to get their e-businesses up and running quickly, easily, and with the ability to expand."

The IBM eServer iSeries-with its support for Linux, Java, Windows and Unix applications, and the ability to run multiple virtual servers on a single system-offers small and medium businesses a compelling alternative to the skyrocketing costs and complexity of managing server farms.

"Small to medium-sized enterprises are moving from simple Web presence to conducting e-business transactions over the Web," said Sandy Carter, Vice President, Marketing and Channel Strategy for IBM WebSphere software. "The powerful combination of IBM eServer, WebSphere and unique services provides customers with a simple, affordable way to adopt Web-based e-business."

The new server will be sold through IBM Business Partners and IBM sales channels. General availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2001.

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