IBM plans to ship in September three AS/400 serversconfigured and priced for midsize companies and exclusively
running Domino, Lotus's Internet server platform. The
additions to the AS/400 170 line are designed for companies
that need a dedicated server optimized for E-mail and one
other front- or back-office application.
Previously, companies that had more limited requirements
paid for more expensive AS/400 features they didn't need or
opted for less-expensive Windows NT products, says Michael
Maier, a manager in IBM's AS/400 division. The upcoming
AS/400 170 configurations include RAID controllers and start
at $11,000 for a system with one processor, 256 Mbytes of
RAM, a 4-Gbyte hard drive, and support of 1,300 simple mail
users. A dual-processor version with 256 Mbytes of RAM, a 4-
Gbyte hard drive, and 4,300 mail users is $22,500.
Mark Mendelson, director of channel sales at Binary Tree, a
New York developer of software for Lotus platforms, says
IBM's new dedicated boxes deliver equivalent Domino
performance for a fraction of the existing products' prices,
making them competitive with equivalent Windows NT servers.
For example, IBM's dual-processor Dedicated Server for Domino can run Domino apps
as fast as AS/400 servers that cost four times as much, he
Also, AS/400 dealers will be allowed to sell Domino
licenses, IBM says.
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