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IBM Takes on BPOS

IBM yesterday unleashed a new online e-mail, scheduling, instant messaging and contact management service largely targeted at users of its traditional Lotus Notes platform.

Big Blue's new LotusLive Notes is available for $5 per user per month. The company is going after Google and Microsoft, which both have similarly-priced cloud-based messaging and collaboration services.

The Web-based service is available to any business user and the company is promising 99.9 percent uptime and disk and network-layer encryption. "It will probably keep some IBM customers in the fold, but it won’t be a market disrupter in its current state," said Gartner analyst Guy Creese.

For $10 a month, IBM is offering the Lotus Live Collaboration Suite, which adds Web conferencing file sharing and social networking services to the mix.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on October 06, 2010 at 11:59 AM