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IBM, Software.com Deliver Messaging Platform

IBM Corp. Tuesday sealed a deal with Software.com to deliver carrier-scale messaging solutions targeted to Internet service providers.

Under terms of the agreement, IBM has a worldwide license to market, sell and distribute Software.com's InterMail messaging and directory products to ISPs.

InterMail is a secure messaging server solution, designed for ISPs to provide its users with Web-based e-mail, mailboxes and private domains. IBM's strategy is to integrate InterMail into its Intelligent Subscriber Management System, a comprehensive solution for managing an ISP's relationship with its customers.

"The rapid growth of Internet subscribers is increasing ISP demand for new services and improved service quality, such as carrier-scale messaging," said Steven Oriola, ISP segment executive, IBM Global Telecommunications Industry.

"Software.com's InterMail platform has emerged as the de facto standard for the large scale messaging platform ISPs are seeking--one that is scalable, manageable and reliable."