Among this morning's IBM channel announcements is the new Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging offering.  As was previewed last month by Bob Picciano, this new offering offers IBM customers the flexibility of deploying Lotus Notes/Domino on premise or in a cloud model, hosted by IBM.  Some of the key data points in the channel communication:

  • IBM is offering both existing and new customers the option of deploying Notes against Domino servers hosted and managed by IBM.
  • The pay-as-you-go model offers a fixed per-user per-month price for Domino hosted mailboxes, and is purchased through Passport Advantage.
  • Two service levels are available (99.5% availability and 99.9% availability), along with one mailbox size (1 GB).  50 MB of Quickr Entry storage is also included per-user.
  • Customers can either use existing Notes client licenses with the hosted offering or buy an all-in-one Passport Advantage part that includes both the Notes for Messaging license as well as 12 months mailbox service.
While that's what is being communicated today, there are plans for more to come in this space.

I'm sure there are a zillion questions on this.  Many are answered in the channel announcement and more will be answered on ibm.com (the Notes/Domino hosted licensing page goes live later this week).  And I'm sure we'll have some interesting discussion on this topic in coming days.  The new Hosted Messaging offering is available as of today in Passport Advantage in 15 languages, with the remainder coming in about a month.

This is also a good opportunity to remind you that IBM's hosting approach is not the only one out there, and won't be right for every customer.  The Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging offering has a minimum quantity of 1000 users (though this will likely go lower in the near term)... other vendors like Connectria, Prominic, coreFusion, Internoded, Navisite, and many others provide Domino hosting options as well.

I will update this post in the morning with a link to the press release.  There has already been press coverage in PC World, eWeek, and CRN, with a lot more coming on Wednesday (along with another announcement).  Update: Information Week also has the story, with my first press interview since moving into this role..

Link: ibm.com channel announcements: Lotus Notes Hosted Messaging >
Link: ibm.com press release: IBM Extends IBM Lotus Notes Software to New Markets With On-Line Hosted Service >

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