IBM adds voice, IM to Lotus Foundations

Linux-based appliances target SMBs

IBM/Lotus later this month will add a real-time communication version to its Lotus Foundations lineup, which is targeted at small and midsize businesses looking for a single appliance to support unified communications and collaboration.

The company introduced Lotus Foundations Reach Wednesday and highlighted the integration of capabilities from IBM's Sametime Unified Telephony platform, giving users the ability to add VoIP into their collaboration environment. The platform supports both desktop and soft phones.

IBM Lotus Foundations is an emerging set of server appliances based on Intel hardware and the Linux operating system. The appliances offer up collaboration features in a single platform for small businesses with little or no IT support.

"We are making these things modular so users don't have to buy more than what they need," says Bob Picciano, IBM's general manager for Lotus Software.

IBM introduced the platform last year as an answer to small business software from rival Microsoft called Windows Essential Server Solutions, which includes the latest iteration of Small Business Server.

Lotus has a Foundations Start version and a Branch Office version.

With Reach, IBM also is providing instant messaging and presence awareness to the base platform that includes e-mail, calendars, contacts, Lotus Symphony productivity tools, network security, remote access, and file and print sharing.

Reach also includes support for rich text, time stamps, spell check, emoticons, multi-way chat, built-in VoIP and point-to-point video, optional file transfer, integrated chat histories, location awareness, contact list with type-ahead and search, and contact business cards.

IBM also announced that Envision, NextiraOne Mexico, ShoreTel, and Speech Design have joined its collaboration partner program.

Also on Wednesday, IBM/Lotus introduced two widgets for use with Lotus Notes that support travel management and social networking.

The TripIt widget helps users combine trip details into one online itinerary regardless of where travel plans were booked.The LinkedIn widget lets users access the popular business social networking site from the Notes client.

Both work with Notes log-in credentials to provide single sign-on to TripIt and LinkedIn.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags IBMLotus

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Fontana

Network World
Show Comments

Brand Post

Shining a light on creativity

MSI has long pushed the boundaries of invention with its ever-evolving range of laptops but it has now pulled off a world first with the new MSI Creative 17.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?