IBM launches cloud email service for US$3 per User
Posted on 6-Oct-2009 10:01
Filed under: News
IBM has announced LotusLive iNotes, a new email service that delivers the benefits of cloud computing with a focus on reliability, privacy and security, to mainstream business users starting at US$3 per user, per month.
The new IBM LotusLive iNotes cloud service allows IT departments to take advantage of IBM's strength in enterprise collaboration for a range of on- or off-premise messaging capabilities, including mail that works with Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange or operate as a standalone solution to reduce overall IT costs and complexity.
LotusLive iNotes is designed for companies that want to move some or all of their email to the cloud. The LotusLive cloud mail platform supporting this service already has more than 18 million email accounts under management.
The new IBM cloud service can accommodate gradual or faster migrations to the cloud, while also supporting a client's existing on-premise collaboration system. It is also suitable for employee segments of large enterprises which do not require all the capabilities of full-featured email and collaboration software, or for employees that currently have no access to company email.
IBM says LotusLive iNotes is equally well-suited for small- and medium-sized businesses, many of whom have discovered the convenience and savings of free or low-cost Web-based email services but have grown weary of service outages, distracting advertisements or security and privacy concerns that can impact employee productivity and confidence. While these companies realize they need business-grade email, many do not have the budget or in-house technical resources to deploy an on-premise solution.
"Email and other collaboration services are the right entry point for many companies to realize the promise of cloud computing, but only if clients feel confident they're getting business-grade service from a trusted leader in enterprise services," said Bob Picciano, General Manager, IBM Lotus Software.
Nokia needed a low-cost, scalable and multi-lingual mobile cloud mail solution for their worldwide customer base. Competition in the mobile market is escalating and services like affordable cloud mail can make the difference in the selection of a device, especially in emerging markets where personal computers may not be available. In fact, people can get their first email address and manage their accounts right on many Nokia models without a PC at all.
A no-cost, 30-day trial of LotusLive iNotes is now available for companies and includes 25 mailboxes with 1 GB of storage per mailbox. The service and trial is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Spanish.