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IBM Express Offerings Give Enterprise Functionality To SMBs

IBM is trying to make it easier for small and midsize businesses to take advantage of many of the same security, compliance and middleware functions their larger peers enjoy via new products and services in its Express solution series.

The first offering, IBM eServer OpenPower Network E-Mail Security Express, is an appliance that gives existing networks new e-mail antivirus and antispam capabilities, said Elaine Case, director of offerings portfolio and influencer marketing at IBM, Armonk, N.Y.

The company also introduced the IBM Express Managed Security Services for e-mail security, which provides the same functions as the e-mail security appliance but as a managed service, Case said.

The appliance can be leased starting at $144 per month. For customers who prefer e-mail security as a managed service, the price ranges from $1 to $4.25 per seat per month, depending on the number of seats, she said.

Also new is the IBM Express Implementation Services for Storage Consolidation, under which IBM offers midrange customers deploying their first SAN help with assessment, setup, migrating data, optimizing performance and training, for a fixed price of $8,500, Case said.

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