IBM Corp. today outlined a new middleware software-based model that brings together the unique qualities of Web-bas...
May 10, 2004
IBM Corp. today outlined a new middleware software-based model that brings together the unique qualities of Web-based computing and traditional PC desktop environments, and provides a means to access, share and manage business applications and data.
IBM’s new server-managed client model enables organizations to centrally manage, provision and immediately deploy key business applications and data to a range of client devices as needed — from traditional desktops and laptops to a range of more limited devices such as shop-floor terminals, PDAs and cell phones.
“The move is seen by many as IBM’s attempt to regain some of the desktop business from Microsoft, but the plain fact is that both IBM and Microsoft are responding to a fundamental shift in the enterprise IT market towards more dynamic, responsive computing environments,” said industry analyst Judith Hurwitz.
“IBM’s enterprise customers are looking at component-based, distributed service architectures to help them more effectively respond to rapid changes in user requirements, application demands and hardware availability. It will allow enterprises to provide better support and better manage the complexity of today’s highly-distributed computing environments.”
The middleware is designed to support clients running Windows, Unix, Linux and operating systems for wireless and embedded devices such as Symbian. Support for Mac OS will be available later this year.
IBM said the model supports the emerging environment in which people want to use several different client devices throughout their work day — with devices in both connected and disconnected modes at any given time — to access key information, use business applications and collaborate with co-workers, customers and business partners.