IBM unveils “ISP-in-a-Box” for class-C ISPs

By : |October 29, 1999 0

BANGALORE: IBM India Ltd. has launched a new solution, “ISP-in-a-Box”, for Internet service providers (ISPs) that facilitates faster and easier deployment of services over the Web. According to IBM general manager networking services Rajiv Sachdev the solution is aimed at class-C ISPs with a subscriber base of 10,000 and is priced at Rs 20 lakh.

ISP-in-a-Box includes an IBM Netfinity server, the Linux operating system, selected application software and IBM support and service. The solution offers a one-year warranty for networking equipment and a three-year warranty for servers, besides customization at an extra cost. “ISP-in-a-Box assists service providers to maintain and extend their core services within an environment that is consistent, highly manageable and easy to tailor to the evolving requirements of their subscribers,” Mr. Sachdev said.

IBM has already signed up 16 ISPs to offer the new solution. The ISPs can retain the same solution when they upgrade themselves to class-B.

IBM also unveiled its “PartnerWorld for Service Providers” program in India. Member ISPs can leverage the strength of IBM’s global brand and e-business mindshare, besides a range of offerings, which will help them offer value-added e-business services. Through the program, IBM will deliver a broad range of products, services, technical support and marketing programs to ISPs which would help the ISPs differentiate their services and increase service levels to meet new market opportunities.

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