Gartner takes a first look at IBM's acquisition of assets of Outblaze:

This deal will help IBM compete with Microsoft, Google and Cisco Sstems in the market for low-priced hosted e-mail and collaboration services, especially for small and midsize businesses (SMBs).  The hosted e-mail market is growing rapidly and wil likely account for 20% of the overall market by the end of 2012.  The benefits of e-mail software as a service (SaaS) -- lower costs, regular payments, no upgrade burden -- appeal most to companies with fewer than 1,000 seats. ...

SMBs looking for hosted options for procurement in 2H09 should consider LotusLive Engage, once its stability and functions are proved.
Link: Gartner: Outblaze Hosted E-Mail Buy Will Help IBM Target SMBs >

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