IBM's reseller elite now have access to IBM's latest server offering, the AS/400e Dedicated Server for Domino, specifically designed to run multiple Domino applications in one box.
IBM has built the server based on its AIX/400 UNIX platform, which the company claims has helped create a reliable, easy-to-manage platform.
At a pre-launch discussion with ARN last week, IBM's Australia/New Zealand business servers manager, David Russell, said the company is hoping the AS/400's value-for-money reputation will help push it through the channel.
"It has been built for Domino from the ground up," he said.
The server offers users the ability to simultaneously run Domino applications such as e-mail, Web serving and database applications on the one server.
Peter Kazacos, managing director of KAZ Computer Services, explained the server release offers his company opportunities to find new customers.
"There is a new market out there for new users in the e-business space," he said. "There are a number of SME businesses that don't even have e-mail."
Kazacos believes the product will act as a tool to help develop e-business strategies and services on top of the hardware sale. "It's true to say [margins] are tilted towards more of our customers wanting to spend more on services than hardware."
Peter Taylor, Lotus' Australia/New Zealand managing director, said the product will find a market niche in growing small and medium companies needing to consolidate disparate IT resources. "It's all about providing customers with choice," he said.
The company reports the box is partitioned to allow individual management and rebooting of applications without the need to reboot the whole server.
Meanwhile, one of the big claims surrounding the decision to move to AS/400 is sustained uptime. According to a late 1998 GartnerGroup report, the AS/400 has an average of 99.94 per cent uptime per year, equivalent to about 5.2 hours downtime.
The only two server platforms to out-perform it are the high-end IBM s/390 at 10 minutes downtime or 99.998 per cent, and Tandem at 1.7 hours or 99.98 per cent.
NT Servers were left trailing miserably at 224.5 hours downtime or 97.44 per cent uptime per server per year.
IBM's existing AS/400 tier-one resellers can source the product through Sydney-based distributor Tardis. Pricing starts from just over $20,000 ex-tax. http://www.tardis.com.au