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August 14, 2008

IBM Intros New Software Appliance Initiatives

International Business Machines Corporation (IBM (News - Alert)), has unveiled new software appliance initiatives that aim at increasing the adoption of Linux in small and medium businesses (SMBs) and the deployment of Domino applications on Lotus Foundations. 
 
The new Software appliance include a preconfigured version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell (News - Alert) in Lotus Foundations and a toolkit that opens new opportunities for Domino software vendors (ISVs) to deliver their applications on a software appliance to the smallest businesses.
 
"Domino ISVs are excited about this because it opens a new market opportunity for them to sell Domino applications to small businesses," said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of IBM Lotus Software.
 
Lotus Foundations is a line of self-managing appliance servers that allow small companies to focus on running their business instead of their IT operations.
 
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is an enterprise-quality server that can handle a wide variety of workloads across the enterprise. The server can be deployed as a general-purpose server or can be tailored to run a variety of specialized workloads. It offers seamless interoperability with existing data center infrastructure and is backed by a large ecosystem of ISVs, developing applications that run on Lotus Foundations.
 
Preconfigured version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 allows buyers and sellers of Lotus Foundations with no Linux-specific skills to easily deploy or maintain the operating system. It also offers the flexibility to select and use hardware of their choice.
 
"In today's environment, IT complexity is the unfortunate norm," said Roger Levy, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell. "The combination of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Lotus Foundations represents a significant step forward in the simplification of this environment.”
 
Levy also mentioned that the company is excited to further extend its close partnership with IBM, and be selected as the first company to deliver solutions for this important initiative.
 
IBM also mentioned that the company is planning for a new strategy – the ISV Software Appliance Initiative which will provide a wide range of ISVs to deliver Linux software appliances to mid-market customers.
 
"IBM's Linux-based software appliances provide a fully-integrated solution from the operating system to the application and everything in between for our business partners to deploy in each customer's environment,” said Jeff Smith (News - Alert), vice president, open source and Linux middleware.
 
StradaSoft, an IBM business partner specializing in Business Process Management (BPM) software, is one of about two dozen ISVs piloting IBM's software appliance initiative.
 
"By working with IBM on a software appliance solution, StradaSoft can free up its technical consultants from sales and train its business consultants to do the job instead," said Lou Esposito, president and CIO of StradaSoft.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.
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