IBM and Sybase Harness POWER7 for New mCommerce Appliance

Allows financial institutions, mobile operators and enterprises to rapidly deploy mBanking, mPayments, mRemittance solutions in developed and emerging markets

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ARMONK, N.Y. and DUBLIN, Calif., - 14 Apr 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Sybase, Inc., an SAP Company (NYSE: SAP), today continued their long-standing collaboration with the introduction of a new workload-optimized server appliance based on IBM's market-leading Power Systems™ family of servers. The IBM mCommerce Appliance Solution is aimed at financial institutions, mobile operators and enterprises.

IBM's POWER7® processor is the energy-efficient foundation for the new appliance, which is designed to enable rapid global deployment of the broadest mobile commerce capabilities --  including mBanking, mPayments and mRemmitance -- in both developed and emerging markets.

The IBM mCommerce Appliance Solution, the industry's first integrated mCommerce solution, can also help customers to run smart banking business applications from mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones powered by iOS, Blackberry and Android operating systems. Gartner estimates that by 2014 there will be more than 340 million mobile payment users worldwide, and that those users will do $245 billion in total transactions by 2014. (1)

These new mCommerce solutions are individually configured, workload-optimized and tuned to provide clients high-performance mobile business capabilities at lower costs. The IBM mCommerce Appliance Solution features IBM POWER7-based Power 750 servers running IBM DB2® information management software and IBM WebSphere® software application server, IBM System Storage DS5300 and the end-to-end Sybase® mCommerce 365 solution.

"The IBM mCommerce Appliance Solution on POWER7 technology, along with IBM middleware and IBM storage, is designed to meet the needs of our clients' most data-intensive applications," said Tom Rosamilia, General Manager, IBM Power and z Systems. "The scope of these solutions helps us deliver a broad portfolio of offerings we are confident our clients will find compelling."

"The mCommerce appliance combines market-leading capabilities providing our customers with scalable, cost-effective solutions that also generate new revenue opportunities by monetizing mobile services," said Dr. Raj Nathan, Sybase Executive Vice President and CMO.  "IBM and Sybase's 22-year relationship continues to bring our customers the very best of what each company has to provide."

The IBM/Sybase mCommerce Appliance Solution can be deployed within days. It will be made available to customers on May 13. For more information,  please visit:  http://www.ibm.com/systems/power/solutions/sybase/index.html and http://www.sybase.com/ibm/mcommerce-appliance

About IBM Power Systems

In the business world, IBM Power Systems are designed to manage the most demanding emerging applications including business analytics and new classes of transaction processing. The systems incorporate a number of unique technologies for the specialized demands of new applications and services that rely on processing an enormous number of concurrent transactions and data while analyzing that information in real time. In addition, the new systems enable clients to manage current applications and services at less cost with technology breakthroughs in virtualization, energy savings, more cost-efficient use of memory, and better price performance.

About IBM

For more information on IBM Smarter Computing, please visit: www-03.ibm.com/systems/data/flash/smartercomputing/

About Sybase

Sybase, an SAP® company is an industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software to manage, analyze and mobilize information. We are recognized globally as a performance leader, proven in the most data-intensive industries and across all major systems, networks and devices. Our information management, analytics and enterprise mobility solutions have powered the world's most mission-critical systems in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and government. For more information: www.sybase.com.  Read Sybase® blogs: blogs.sybase.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Sybase.


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1 (1) Gartner, Market Insight: The Outlook on Mobile Payment, May 10, 2010

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