Lotus Scales Down Domino for Midmarket

New messaging and collaboration products designed exclusively for the small to medium-sized business market.

IBMs Lotus Software division will announce Wednesday two new messaging and collaboration products built on its Domino platform designed exclusively for the small to medium-sized business market.

The new products, Lotus Domino Collaboration Express and Lotus Domino Utility Server Express, are targeted for companies with 100 to 1,000 employees. Company officials say they provide much of the same functionality as the enterprise class products with easier installation and administration.

Collaboration Express includes a messaging and collaboration server that provides e-mail, group scheduling, discussion forums, team workplaces and the custom application capabilities of Domino.

Customers can use Lotus Notes or Domino Web Access (iNotes), Domino Access for MS Outlook or Domino Web Mail as clients to connect to the server.

Utility Server Express, built on the Domino Enterprise Server, can be used to build applications that solve specific business problems, such as solutions for workflow and approval, customer relationship management and sales force automation. These collaborative applications can be accessed through a Web browser or a separately purchased Notes client.

Both Domino Express offerings are available immediately. Customers may buy up to 1,000 licenses of IBM Lotus Domino Collaboration Express at $89.25 per user when trading up from competitive e-mail products, or $119 for new purchases.

The IBM Lotus Domino Utility Server may be purchased by organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees, in two CPU increments, at $5,000—with a maximum of four CPUs per server. Actual retail prices may vary.

Platform support for both products includes Linux on Intel, Microsoft Windows, IBM OS/400 (iSeries), IBM AIX (pSeries) and Sun Solaris.