May 18, 1998
IBM Ships NT Suites
Easy installation, better integration promised
By Stuart J. Johnston
BM is proving its commitment to a competitor's product by shipping its integrated server suites for Windows NT. The company says these suites provide greater ease of installation and use as well as better integration among the products than previous versions.
The IBM Suite for Windows NT bundles version 6.1 of Intel's LANDesk Management Suite with Lotus Domino, IBM DB2 Universal Database, eNetwork Communications Server, the Adstar Distributed S torage Manager, and a new installation program. It's priced at $2,499 per suite and $225 for each client license, with rights to access all the servers.
The IBM Enterprise Suite for Windows NT includes all of the products in the basic suite and adds IBM's TXSeries transaction-processing software, MQSeries store-and-forward message-queuing software, DB2 Connect for tying DB2 Universal Database with other DB2 databases, and Tivoli Systems' LAN Access software for integrating the suite with Tivoli management tools. It's priced at $16,249 per suite plus $375 for each full-access client.
"We are dead-serious about NT," says Steve Mills, general manager of IBM Software Solutions. "We are the largest provider of software on NT."
IBM initially began shipping its Software Servers for Windows NT about two years ago, but those packages were delivered in a single box and were not integrated, Mills says. IBM's move to tightly integrate the suite servers has just begun, however. Beyond a common, simple installation process, the company plans to deliver later this year updates that provide a common Web-based look and feel as well as administration. Further enhancements will come next year.
IBM also plans to ship versions of the suites on other platforms. It will deliver AIX and OS/2 versions this year, and HP-UX and Sun Solaris versions next year.
The company will also begin beta testing a Small Business Suite for NT on May 30. It will include the Lotus Domino Intranet Starter Pack, DB2 Universal Database, and a simple installation program. Pricing and a final delivery date have not been set.
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