Here's a collection of this week's product and service announcements for small and medium-sized companies. For a listing of our previous product roundups, visit our Product Roundup page.
IBM offers SMB-specific iSeries edition
IBM announced the upcoming release of an SMB-specific iSeries server, the i520 Solutions Edition.
The i520 Solutions Edition is a lower priced version of IBM's midrange system, the i550 Solutions Edition, paired with software from nearly a dozen independent software vendors (ISVs). It is specifically priced to target companies with 50 or fewer users.
Customized software for the i520 Solutions Edition will become available July 22 from ISVs such as Agilysis Inc. and Clear Technologies Inc.
IBM is also introducing a new on-demand pricing program for some iSeries systems, to offer SMBs greater payment flexibility. Customers now can pay for i5/OS licensing per processor and are required to buy only one i5/OS license.
Customers will also be able to order some software upgrades online.
Cabinet NG updates its SMB accounting document management software
Athens, Ala.-based Cabinet NG Inc. released CNG-Books 2.5, the latest version of its document management software for Intuit QuickBooks 2005.
CNG-Books 2.5 is designed to allow SMBs to file and integrate business documents with QuickBooks records and streamline their accounting processes. The software can be used with or without the company's more comprehensive document management product, CNG 5.0.
CNG-Books prices are based on the number of users: $495 for a single user; $995 for five users; and $1,995 for 10 users.
Partnership brings Fortune 1,000 tax services to SMBs
Salem, Mass.-based Taxware LP, a self-described Fortune 1,000 tax and compliance company, announced a partnership with Avalara, which provides Web-based, automated tax services for the SMB market.
Under the partnership, Taxware, a division of First Data Corp., will offer its services to SMBs through Avalara's online channel. Also, Avalara customers will gain access to some of Taxware's more advanced capabilities, such as its comprehensive taxability matrix. Avalara said it will co-deploy and resell Taxware products as part of the agreement.
Catenate offers SMBs affordable market research
Manlius, N.Y.-based Catenate LLC rolled out a Web application designed to offer SMBs affordable market research information.
Catenate's Catosphere Web application offers market research and customer demographic information that includes U.S. census data, current year estimates and five-year projections, traffic counts, shopping centers, market potential, consumer expenditures and lifestyle segmentation.
Catosphere said it can provide its report in either .pdf or Excel format, and offer customized searches in less than five minutes.
Reports can be purchased through subscriptions or by request. Subscriptions range from $995 to $2,500 for different levels of access, while specific requests start at just under $100 per report.
Lasso Logic unveils continuous data protection appliance for SMBs
San Francisco-based Lasso Logic unveiled a continuous data protection appliance for the SMB market this week.
The disk-based Lasso CDP is an alternative to tape-based backup systems. It includes continuous data backup, local and off-site backup, business application support, instant recovery and remote administration. The product is also designed to eliminate the need to manually transported data to remote locations.
Lasso CDP's suggested retail price is $2,199, however, a special product launch offer price of $1,499 will be available until Aug. 3. The price varies depending on the capacity, number of users and added functionality customers need.