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PR: IBM Delivers Open Platform for Business Partners to Create e-business Solutions for Linux

May 09, 2002, 17:30 (2 Talkback[s])

San Francisco, CA, May 9, 2002--Today at DeveloperWorksLive!, IBM, in its latest example of enabling Business Partners to address the growing technology needs of small and medium businesses, introduced the first comprehensive open platform for quickly and easily deploying e-business solutions on the Linux platform.

With the new eServer Integrated Platform for e-business, IBM has taken the guesswork out of deploying a robust, reliable Linux solution platform. The platform will be coupled with IBM's Start Now marketing and enablement program providing Business Partners with marketing materials, sales tools, and detailed deployment instructions needed to effectively deliver this offering to SMB customers.

This solution, delivered by trained and qualified IBM Business Partners, includes the hardware and software Business Partners need to rapidly build and deploy a wide variety of Linux-based solutions. The platform will help Business Partners quickly deliver customer solutions on an open platform that is integrated, pre-configured and tested for maximum results.

The eServer Integrated Platform for e-business includes IBM eServer xSeries, WebSphere Application Server supporting Web Services and DB2 database software for Linux. The offering will support a wide variety of Java-based applications including solutions for finance, retail, e-commerce, telecommunications, distribution and manufacturing. Initial support from independent software vendors (ISVs) includes eOneGroup, Selectica, Marcole and Rational.

The platform provides Business Partners with a blueprint of software and hardware configurations, instructions for proposing, implementing and extending complete solutions, extensively tested implementation scenarios, ISV tools and financing options.

Throughout the year, IBM will broaden the integrated offering to include other IBM eServer systems, giving solution providers a wide range of standards-based platforms to support any size e-business application for Linux.

"The new IBM eServer Integrated Platform for e-Business is a perfect deployment platform for MarCole's popular Gift RegistryWorks solution," said Dan Wade, Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, MarCole, a leading developer of in-store and Internet gift registry, e-catalog, and interactive shopping systems. "IBM's vast experience with e-business infrastructure has been embodied in this offering which will bring our customers the security and reliability they demand."

"In today's marketplace, SMB customers are calling on business partners to build integrated solutions based on open standards to easily integrate with other systems," said Richard Michos, Vice President Linux Servers for IBM. "With this new offering, IBM business partners are able to deliver a complete top-to-bottom platform that connects Linux, Java, Intel and Web Services--giving partners the premier platform for e-business applications for Linux."

The Integrated Platform for e-business initially supports SuSE Linux and includes:

  • eServer xSeries: IBM's x300, x330 and x360 will be included to provide customers the most powerful Intel-based servers with mainframe-inspired technologies.
  • WebSphere Application Server: The first e-business software to support Web services - a more automated way to link companies, customer, suppliers and employees over the Internet - will provide customers a standards-based platform for creating, running and integrating e-business applications across a variety of computing platforms.
  • DB2 database software: DB2 is the industry's first multimedia, Web-ready relational database management system, strong enough to meet the demands of large corporations and flexible enough to serve medium-sized and small e-businesses. IBM provides the broadest database Linux support in the industry, from hand held devices to the mainframe.

The eServer Integrated Platform for e-business is available through authorized IBM Business Partners. To learn more about this offering, please visit the following Web site: www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/linux/integrated/

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