IBM is joining forces with French telecoms equipment provider Alcatel to offer networking systems to application service providers (ASPs) and enterprise customers.
Alcatel will link its telecoms infrastructure with Big Blue's web hosting data centres to offer integrated networking services to international customers.
According to the companies, the partnership will accelerate the deployment of ebusiness services in both the corporate and ASP markets. "We will offer a one-stop shop for customers not just in North America and Europe but the rest of the world," said Olivier Houssin, president of Alcatel's ebusiness group.
"The benefit of this partnership is that we will offer complete end-to-end solutions to customers," added Georges Khoury, general manager of integrated technology services at IBM. "The convergence of computer with telephony gives customers a choice on how and when they want to implement services and systems."
IBM said it will also integrate the products from two of Alcatel's acquisitions. They include computer telephony integration systems from Genesys, which Alcatel bought late last year, and networking tools from Newbridge, which it acquired in May.
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