IBM plans to acquire Net Integration Technologies, a software vendor based in Toronto, Canada. Founded in 1997, Net Integration Technologies' business model centers around delivering products that meet the specialized needs of small, medium, and remote offices.
Its products include NitixBlue server software, which is bundled with IBM Lotus Notes client software. The company also builds custom hardware and the Nitix operating system, which is based on Linux and bundles system management, networking, security, and storage services.
According to its Web site:
Net Integration packages its innovative software in our high performance Net Integrator hardware platform. Leveraging this integrated approach, our systems make it easier for Approved Partners to install and maintain networks for their customers. We also give our partners the tools they need to conduct real-time remote management and diagnostics. Each Net Integrator provides the essentials necessary for office and network infrastructure in a single, high performance, intelligent, self-maintaining server.
In a conference call, Michael Rhodin, general manager at IBM's Lotus Software division said, "We plan to use the technology to go after Microsoft in the small business server market."
IBM is probably using the acquired technology to compete with Microsoft's Windows Small Business Server, which provides collaboration, e-mail, and communication tools.
IBM did not comment on any potential layoffs or arrangements related to the relocation of Net Integration Technologies employees.
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