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IBM Keeps Midsize Organizations Flexible with New Offerings for Dynamic Infrastructure

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a comprehensive portfolio of offerings to help midsize businesses reduce cost, improve service and manage risk while building the IT infrastructure needed to thrive in today's business climate.

Succeeding in business on a smarter planet, where the world is more instrumented, intelligent, and interconnected, demands that organizations implement an optimized, flexible and dynamic infrastructure. Currently, the vast majority of the world's IT infrastructure remains slow, inefficient and incapable of handling increased workloads. According to IBM's recently released Global CIO Study 2009, approximately one in two Midmarket CIOs report that they are unable to effectively handle a 200 percent processing load increase or 50 percent decrease.

The study, representing the insights and vision of more than 2,500 CIOs worldwide, including 158 CIOs in 31 countries employed at midsize organizations, also revealed that changing business models are one of the top challenges midmarket CIOs face today and that virtualization and risk management are among their top three technology priorities.

"Our research shows that more than half of CIOs at midsize organizations are actively engaged in setting strategy and enabling flexibility and change," said Marc Dupaquier, IBM general manager of the global mid market. "Implementing a dynamic infrastructure is a key enabler of that flexibility. IBM's newest midmarket offerings for dynamic infrastructure position organizations to do more with less, manage and mitigate risk, and take advantage of flexible delivery choices like cloud computing."

All of the new offerings listed below are part of IBM's Midmarket portfolio. That means IBM has certified that the offering is easy for midsize companies to install and maintain, has trained IBM sellers and Business Partners and has priced the offering so that companies with between 100 and 1,000 employees will see a rapid return on their investment.

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