New IBM Mail Service To Take On Google & Microsoft

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As Microsoft’s data server’s crash and Google cleans up after two big G Mail outages last month, good old reliable IBM is today expected to launch a new service that will take on Google and their G Mail service.

As Microsoft’s data server’s crash and Google cleans up after two big G Mail outages last month, good old reliable IBM is today expected to launch a new service that will take on Google and their G Mail service.
While their brand is not as sexy, or as well known as the Google brand, Big Blue IBM is banking on their reliability to get them through when they release its first Web-based e-mail offering, an enterprise-focused addition to Lotus Notes called iNotes.

The service will let users pick their domain name and will debut at around US$3.00 per month, a price aimed directly at undercutting Google’s  $50 per year and the $10 to $12 per month that charges for its Webmail services. Though Microsoft offers one version of Webmail for $2 a month, IBM says it will offer 1 gigabyte of storage, twice the amount of Webmail.

According to Fortune IBM’s e-mail gambit stems from its acquisition of the messaging assets of Outblaze, the deal closed in April and IBM will inherit 18 million customers.

IBM is hoping to tap into its reputation as a trusted outsourcer to show that it can do better. “We run the world’s most mission critical systems for banks, telcos and utilities,” says Sean Poulley, IBM’s vice president of online collaboration services. “It’s fair to say we’re pretty trusted.”

His comments come after Google has spent this year trying to recoup from repeated outages of their Gmail service has been unavailable for multi-hour windows three times so far this year.

Dave Girouard, president of Google’s enterprise division, defends Gmail, saying that it still offers 99.9% reliability–far greater than the average e-mail service many companies run themselves. As for competition with Google, he points out that IBM’s 1 gigabyte of storage space is far inferior to the 25 gigs that Google offers.

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