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IBM, Intel Tap Into ASP Market

IBM and Intel Corp. Wednesday collaborated to support independent software vendors (ISVs) who want to migrate to an ASP business model.

Further, the two companies are mutually developing Web-hosted applications that support the migration of ISV applications running on IBM eServer xSeries platforms, which are based on Intel architecture.

The relationship is a natural fit, according to John Davies, vice president, Intel Architecture Solutions Channels Group. "This will benefit the 25 million small- and medium-size businesses around the world that want an efficient business model," he said. "The scope of this relationship is to expand server equipment, staff and resources around the Intel architecture "

"Many of our ISVs are ready to take their existing applications to the Web," he added. "The success and leadership of Intel Architecture solutions in the Internet economy combined with IBM's ASP Prime program will provide significant value to the ISV community."

As part of the plan, Intel and IBM are concentrating on extending the capacity of IBM's existing ASP Prime program, allowing more ISVs to receive business and technical assistance to move their applications to the Internet more quickly.

IBM's ASP Prime program provides ISVs with the technical as well as business support they need to successfully migrate to the ASP business model. ASP Prime gives software developers access to highly skilled technical consulting at solution centers located throughout the world. The centers dually offer a selection of software, hardware, and tools to help ISVs ready their Web applications for hosting environments.

The announcement was made by Davies and Peter O'Sullivan, vice president of marketing, IBM Global Net Generation Business. Recruitment of ISVs and other activities under this collaboration will begin immediately while expansion of the ten current ASP Prime Solutions Centers and equipment will commence in 2001.