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eWeek: IBM rolls out Small Business Suite for Linux

Nov 03, 2000, 16:28 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"IBM has packaged together the software for its three most requested servers -- database, e-mail and Web application -- into what it describes as the first integrated Linux solution for small businesses. The IBM Small Business Suite for Linux includes IBM's DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere Application Server and Lotus Domino. It also features a number of Web design and productivity tools, including WebSphere Homepage Builder, Suite Installer, Domino Designer and WebSphere Studio."

"In short, we are delivering the tools to help customers with data management, messaging and collaboration, productivity, Web site creation and design," said Scott Handy, the director of Linux solutions marketing for IBM's software division. The Suite Installer and desktop software come in 10 languages -- including English, French, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean -- and is available worldwide starting today. While the retail price of the components, if bought separately, would cost more than $3,600, the suite is retailing for $499."

"While the individual components in the suite are not new, the Suite Installer is significantly advanced. ... "Essentially, users will now be able to define exactly what software they want to deploy and to where. This is particularly attractive to Independent Software Vendors and Value-Added Resellers, as it allows them to add applications to the suite, which can be deployed to both Windows and Linux-based clients," Handy said."

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