IBM Gears Entry-Level DB2 for SMBs
DBMS is just one of a number of Big Blue products unveiled for the small and midsize business market.NEW ORLEANSTaking another step in its pursuit of the fast-growing small and medium-sized business market, IBM Tuesday unveiled scaled-down versions of its DB2 database management system and products from its Lotus and Tivoli software lines. The new products, launched here at IBMs annual PartnerWorld gathering of 3,000 of its reseller, ISV, integrator and other business partners, are dubbed DB2 Express, Tivoli Storage Resource Manager Express Edition, and Lotus Domino Utility Server Express and Lotus Domino Collaboration Bundle Express. The products, all of which will be available in the second quarter of this year, will be mainly sold through IBM business partners and will be targeted at customers with 1,000 or fewer employees. They join lower-cost Express versions of IBMs WebSphere application server product announced last fall. In addition to the lower-cost software infrastructure products, IBM unveiled several initiatives that officials said are intended to support business partners selling into the SMB market. They include several online and automated tools intended to help business partners represent to customers the business value of their offerings; a new IBM-support computing grid intended to allow partners to simulate and demonstrate their products deployed on a grid; and access to IBM training and certification content to allow them to offer training programs to their customers and business partners.
The new DB2 Express product will run on Linux and Windows operating systems and carry an entry-level price of $1,000. Officials said the offering will be integrated by business partners into their offerings. In addition to core DBMS functionality, the product will include self-configuring and self-tuning features.