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February 2, 1998

IBM INTRODUCES SERVERS FOR SMALL BUSINESS

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM Corp has announced more aggressive pricing on new models from its existing server lines targeted at the small business market. Big Blue has positioned models from the RS/6000, AS/400 and Netfinity lines to appeal directly to companies with 1,000 or fewer employees – which account for about 80% of the world’s workforce and 45% of global IT spending. The new machines all come ready to run Lotus Domino productivity and web server software. The cheapest of the lot, the Netfinity 3500, will start at $2,365, can support up to 200 Domino users and comes with the Domino Intranet Starter Pack web server software. The AS/400e-170 now has an upgraded operating system with Java support and goes for $10,000. Higher up the scale is the RS/6000 F50, which comes with IBM’s AIX operating system, Lotus Domino Go web server and Netscape FastTrack server. It starts at $19,900. IBM says the new server models will be available next month and will be sold through its existing business partners – both ISVs and those in the hardware arena. As a further incentive to small businesses, various financing options will be made available to both business partners and end users.

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