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IBM to Microsoft: It's Small Biz Server War

Nov 11, 2008, 17:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"That said, competitively, Microsoft should watch IBM's small business server appliance package because:

* Office alternative Symphony is bundled along with Lotus Notes.

* IBM cut a virtualization deal with VMware—for businesses needing to run Windows applications.

* A single appliance can be provisioned up to 500 clients, whereas Microsoft's Small Business Server caps at 75 users and Essential Business Server at 300.

* The business model is more subscription-like, which should appeal to channel partners and customers, particularly in these times of economic uncertainty.

* IBM claims low-touch setup and supporting services (such as domain management and ISV software updates); the server software dials up every 12 hours for these."

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