IBM plays Domino with AS/400

IBM plays Domino with AS/400

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 this 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.

However, the company reports the box is partitioned to allow individual management and rebooting of applications without the need to reboot the whole 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," he said.

IBM's existing AS/400 tier-one resellers now have access to the product through Sydney-based distributor Tardis. Pricing starts from just over $20,000 ex-tax.

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