IBM will today announce a bevy of changes to its corporate PC range, replacing the PC 300 and 700 models with a renamed family of boxes.
At the same time, IBM will also release two high end Thinkpad portable models, a refreshed monitor range and advanced Lan management software.
A senior source at IBM said: ?We?re phasing out the 300s and 700s in favour of a range of machines which will come this year. By the end of the year, all IBM PC desktops will come under the names of GL, XL, and PL. The range will be performance-based and we are widening our range.?
He said the XL range will come in mid-May and the PL will be announced in mid-June. ?They will replace the higher end desktops,? he added.
The brand name will not cause a problem in the channel, he claimed, because senior partners including Computacenter were already in on the new deal. He denied that IBM is reacting to moves by Compaq to rationalise its own channel, despite persistent industry rumours that both IBM and Compaq will move to a direct sales model.
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