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ZDNet UK: IBM preps Linux server suite for small business

Nov 07, 2000, 15:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"The IBM Small Business Suite for Linux will include DB2, WebSphere and Lotus Domino. That's not news, though. Those software packages all [have] been long available on Linux. What makes this interesting is that IBM claims that the products are now integrated to form a nearly seamless server. Moreover, a combined host/client installation program, dubbed IBM Suites Installer, could make setting up a LAN a lead-pipe cinch."

"Suites Installer, believe it or not, is the most innovative part of the Suite. This program not only installs and to an extent customises the server software; it also does the same for the Windows and Linux clients. A solutions provider could, for instance, use a loaded laptop to install the whole system from desktop display to DB2 database schema all in one operation."

"Better still, IBM is providing the application programming interfaces (API) and other nuts and bolts for independent software vendors (ISV)s and integrators to add their own software applications to an installation. In practice, you should be able to install, say, your own custom medical services vertical application or a house-brew e-commerce package when you deploy the IBM suite."

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