Tuesday, June 03, 2008

IBM Enters the SMB Linux Server Space

This sounds like a dream come true: A Linux server that sets itself up, manages itself, and fixes itself if it breaks, for around $150.00 per user, with licenses starting at 5 users, and offering Document Management, E-Mail, and Lotus groupwares.

Have a look at IBM's documentation on "IBM Lotus Foundations Start" - it claims all of this is true, and if you BYOS (bring your own server) with these astoundingly minimal minimum requirements:
  • x86-based system
  • At least one hard disk (removable hard disk required to use all of the features)
  • At least one Network Interface Card (NIC) (two NICs required to use all of the features)
  • CD-ROM drive
  • VGA-based video card
  • At least 1 GB of RAM
  • Monitor
  • Keyboard
I'm going to try to get in on their beta program - wish me luck!