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IBM Canada Launches Small Business WebConnections

[Toronto, CANADA] IBM Canada has unveiled its IBM Small Business WebConnections, a subscription-based, comprehensive Internet offering that provides the hardware, software and services a company needs to exploit the Internet through a single connection.

Starting at $179 per month, the new product is enabled by the IBM InterJet, a toaster-sized appliance server that sits on a company's LAN.

IBM Small Business WebConnections provides analog, ISDN, or DSL connectivity, and three levels of service. All levels include e-mail capabilities, Internet access, domain name selection and registration, firewall security, 24/7 technical support, and the ability to create and host an intranet site.

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The new product is targeted at companies with five to 100 PCs that have a computer network (or are ready for one), minimal computer expertise on staff, limited technology budget, and plans to expand their Internet usage.

It simplifies and makes affordable the process of becoming an e-business by filling the gap between simple dial-up Internet access and traditional high-end server solutions.

"As these businesses move up the Internet adoption curve, their needs vary greatly, from a small company making early strides onto the Web, to growing e-businesses that want an active Web site and the ability to enact transactions online," said Josette Woolf, small business marketing executive with IBM Canada.

"IBM Small Business WebConnections removes the complexity of moving through this Internet cycle by delivering the services directly to the customer through a simple monthly subscription."

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