As part of its ongoing "e-sourcing" initiative, IBM announced a partnership with NetSolve to deliver outsourced network management services.
The alliance will let IBM, through its service provider division -- known as Global Services -- deliver NetSolve's ProWatch suite of managed services. ProWatch provides remote LAN, WAN, and security monitoring and resolution services from its headquarters in Austin, Texas.
IBM will use NetSolve's ongoing management tools to provide monthly consultative services to its customers, according to Melissa Mines, NetSolve's marketing director.
The partnership will also see NetSolve making its initial foray into server management, Mines said.
IBM has recently been actively promoting the concept of IT outsourcing. Chairman and CEO Lou Gerstner said during a speech at the eBusiness Conference Expo last December that more enterprises will buy IT as a utility-like service over the Internet.