IBM looks to woo Microsoft users to Domino

IBM Corp. at its PartnerWorld 2001 conference in Atlanta yesterday debuted iNotes Access for Microsoft Corp.'s Outlook, an e-Server solution designed to let corporate users consolidate multiple Exchange servers onto a single iSeries Domino Server.

Company officials believe the new Domino-specific system will help users lower costs and increase reliability and security.

Quoting recent industry estimates, there are about 50 million Outlook users, which equates to 500,000 Exchange servers, assuming the average Exchange Server handles between 10 and 600 clients.

By comparison a fully configured IBM e-Server Dedicated Server for Domino can handle from 1,000 to 10,000 mail and calendar users, company officials said at Monday's conference.

And in another unrelated announcement, IBM announced on Monday Linux-speciifc initiatives for education, certification, co-marketing, various incentives, and technical support.

The company's Linux Lens offers a quicklink on IBM's PartnerWorld Web site,, which allows business partners to find a single location linking all available IBM resources for Linux.

IBM also announced it is launching a Ready, Set, Linux Initiative to recruit, enable, and support its community of business partners.

The three-phased approach includes Ready, which is education on market opportunities; Set, a two-day hands-on technical training on Linux; and Linux, an ongoing support initiative featuring educational roadmaps leading to certification and access to PartnerWorld benefits to help developers and users deliver e-business-based solutions faster.

Hoping to bolster revenues, Tivoli Systems on Monday at PartnerWorld 2001 announced an initiative to attract Web services firms for its lineup of e-business infrastructure solutions that will provide consulting, architecture, design, and customization services for users.

The Tivoli & IBM North American Web Integrator Initiative will grant to services firms the benefits of full premiere Tivoli Business Partner status. Charter members of the group include Commerce Quest, answerthink, Computer Horizons, STA America, eBuilt, and Blue World.

Tivoli also announced it has signed deals with a range of other service providers, including ISPs, ASPs (application service providers), and MSPs (managed service providers), trying to strengthen its position in the Net Generation market.

During the past year Tivoli claims it has doubled the amount of business it does with Net Generation companies through a range of different products and solutions. Many of these solutions enable service providers to manage their own e-business infrastructure while also allowing them to offer services assurances to their customers.

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