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.

Bell Nexxia provides an IP/Broadband network and next-generation
connectivity.

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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