Hong Kong Selects IBM for Major eGovernment Initiative

IBM eServer and SAN Technology Will Help Deliver Government Services Via the Web

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Armonk, NY - 01 Jun 2001: IBM today announced that it has been named the supplier of UNIX systems to Hong Kong as part of the city's groundbreaking effort to deliver government services to citizens via the Web -- such as the ability to apply for a visa or process tax documents. The two-year contract, which includes a wide spectrum of IBM eServer [1] UNIX [2] machines as well as Shark storage, represents a significant win for IBM over Sun Microsystems and EMC.

"IBM eServer and storage systems are the most powerful and reliable products for building e-business infrastructures that are expected to provide round-the-clock service," said Rod Adkins, general manager, IBM eServer pSeries. "The IBM systems will serve as a rock-solid foundation for Hong Kong's innovative program of improving government services with technology."

Hong Kong will Web-enable many services that previously required citizens to fill out paper forms or make time-consuming trips to government offices. The eGovernment systems are expected to streamline the operation of many Hong Kong government departments for more effective public service. The IBM systems will also be used for a number of additional government applications, such as e-mail systems.

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[1] The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive term "server" following it.

[2]UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries licensed exlcusively through The Open Group.

IBM, the IBM e-business logo, and pSeries are all registered trademarks or trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. All others are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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