"The Smart Cube appliances, which we have been watching closely
since Big Blue first started talking about them a year ago, come in
Power-i and X64-Linux flavors and are designed to tap into the
Smart Market, a clearinghouse for systems and application software
aimed at small and medium businesses.
"Back in December, I gave you the rundown on the Smart Business
strategy, the Smart Cube appliances, the Smart Market online store
for applications, and the Smart Business Application Integrator
that allows IBM and its partners to use a common set of APIs and
one framework to provide automated and consistent support for any
applications running on a Smart Cube. Think of it as an AS/400
circa 1988, with all of its design goals of simplicity, automation,
and integration, moved forward into 2009 and reaching out over the
Internet to help IBM and its partners better sell and support
applications running on an appliance."