IBM has unveiled Open Client Solution, a product designed to help users to roll-out mixed collaboration and productivity environments.
Big Blue said the product addresses customer demand to improve interoperability and provide more choice to run different suppliers' products that work together.
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Customers will now have the opportunity to run a mix of Lotus, open source, and other commercial software products - running on either Linux, Microsoft Windows, or, planned for later this year, the Mac.
IBM developed Open Client Solution based on best practices it learned from an IBM internal desktop deployment, which supports open standards, and includes Lotus collaboration software products running on Red Hat's Enterprise Linux Workstation.
The Open Client Solution complements IBM’s broad roles-based strategy, which is aimed at providing employees with the right platform for an individual's specific job role.
The product offers desktop management support and application migration and is aimed at helping customers pilot, implement, and gain value from secure Linux and other open standards-based solutions. Operating system services will be provided by Linux distributors Red Hat and Novell.
IBM's Open Client Solution supports IBM software such as Lotus Notes, Lotus Sametime unified comms and collaboration, the WebSphere Portal 6.0 web development platform, and the Lotus Expeditor software deployment tool, as well as software from other suppliers.
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