IBM has developed entry-level versions of its high-end enterprise search and content integration platforms to help capture the SME market.
The move means IBM will be directly competing against the SME search solutions already supplied by Google, for instance.
IBM has released entry-level versions of its WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind and WebSphere Information Integrator Content solutions.
The Starter Editions of both products will now compete against Google’s Search Appliance family, already established in the SME market.
The Starter Editions will cost from £17,000 each, which is around half the price of the higher-end versions. The cheaper price is for a solution that is limited to two CPUs, but the software is essentially the same.
The content integrator is also capped at integrating two content management systems. Both systems are expandable.
The software comes with a library of connectors to allow firms to access different data systems, including databases, e-mail servers and other data silos.
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