IBM goes after SMEs with RS/6000

Singapore's SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) market has become the latest target for IBM's RS/6000 systems. As the icing on the cake, the vendor has also reduced prices for its entry and mid-range servers on the platform.

With local SMEs implementing electronic commerce and ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, they require reliable systems, said Raymond Chan, marketing manager for business systems, ASEAN/South Asia, IBM World Trade Asia.

"Unix is still the dominant platform for these business-critical applications," he said. "The RS/6000 has proven itself in terms of scalability and application performance, and with the AIX operating system, on high-availability."

RS/6000 AIX 43P server models 150/260, F40, F50, H50 and IBM's newly released H70, are pre-configured with popular e-commerce and ERP applications to minimize the complexities of implementing these technologies, Chan said.

"But local enterprises will also require integrators here with the right expertise," Chan said. "We have therefore empowered our business partners with necessary aids to help these customers. For capacity planning skills which are not available among our partners, IBM will provide tools -- guidelines, sizing algorithms and configuration information -- to them so they can better advise customers."

IBM said that it has combined the Internet capabilities of RS/6000 and its Unix operating system AIX, with the experience it has gained from e-commerce implementations that it has done, to come up with an e-commerce package for local enterprises.

The vendor has also reduced prices of the entry and mid-range servers by up to 35 percent. For example, a customer can purchase an RS/6000 43P Model 150 for S$13,000 ($US7,600). At the high-end, IBM RS/6000 AIX is offering its latest H70 rack-mounted server from $S48,500. This 64-bit, four-way Web server is powered by IBM RS64-II microprocessors on AIX.

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