IBM this week will offer for the first time an on-demand version of its Lotus Notes messaging and collaboration application.
The move is one of several additions IBM is making to its LotusLive cloud collaboration services. The company is also debuting a low-cost bundle of LotusLive applications and adding new community features based on Lotus Connections.
LotusLive Notes, priced at $5 per user per month, is based on the same messaging software that has been IBM Lotus' flagship product for years. Until now the software was not available as an on-demand service because IBM had to develop multi-tenant capabilities into the Notes Domino platform, said Sean Poulley, IBM vice president of cloud computing, in an interview.
IBM is also launching a LotusLive collaboration suite package that combines e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, Web conferencing, file sharing and social networking services for $10 per user per month. Poulley said those services would cost $17 per user per month if bought through the LotusLive Notes, Connections and Meetings packages.
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