IBM is targeting the SoHo marketplace with a new suite of e-commerce products and services designed to get small businesses on the Internet and engaging in e-commerce quickly.
The NetObjects TopPage Web authoring software is aimed at inexperienced users, enabling them to build professional-quality Web pages and it includes tools to create an entire Web site.
PerfectPhoto is a design and imaging software suite for manipulating digital camera shots or scanned photographs. Startup 2 for ebusiness is designed to get small businesses on the Internet quickly and relatively cheaply. It handles credit cards, and comes with tools to host and maintain a Website.
On the hardware side, there are three new ThinkPad 390E notebook PCs ranging from $1,899 to $2,700. Starting with a user-upgradeable hard drive, 3.2Gb to 4.3Gb standard, the ThinkPads go up to 14.3Gb of storage with an optional 10Gb hard drive.
The last component is a new PC Data Vaulting Service for desktop and notebook PCs. It stores multiple copies of data in off-site locations, and subscribers automatically have PC files on their hard drive backed-up to an IBM secure datacentre whenever they are connected to the Internet.
Instead of backing up entire files each time, the technology backs up only those select portions that have been modified since the last back up, saving both time and bandwidth. All data and application files are encrypted for privacy using 56-bit or 112-bit encryption technology and for extra protection, encrypted copies of every file are stored at two IBM off-site datacentres.
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