IBM: LotusLive paying subscribers go from 0 to 18 million in a year

IBM: LotusLive paying subscribers go from 0 to 18 million in a year

Summary: IBM has 18 million paying client seats for its LotusLive cloud services, a jump that will result in a few double takes among IT industry watchers.

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IBM has 18 million paying client seats for its LotusLive cloud services, a jump that will result in a few double takes among IT industry watchers.

That LotusLive tally at the beginning of the year was nil so the growth is stunning. I double checked with IBM to make sure that those 18 million client seats were actually paying with a price of more than zero. I was told there are no asterisks here.

Now IBM isn't forking over revenue data on LotusLive cloud services. Customers pay anywhere from $3 a month to $79 a month depending on the service. IBM recently launched iNotes to go after Gmail in the enterprise, but its range of services competes with everything from Microsoft Office to Cisco's WebEx.

Here's the menu of LotusLive services:

That menu yields some interesting math. Assuming all 18 million seats are paying $3 a month LotusLive could be bringing in revenue of $648 million a year. If there's a higher blended price IBM's cloud services could dwarf the annual revenue of Salesforce.com.

Word of IBM's 18 million LotusLive client seats comes as the company rolls out a cloud services laboratory in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Cloud Computing Laboratory is one of 10 cloud computing labs operated by IBM. The Hong Kong outpost will focus on Web 2.0, cloud mail and collaboration. IBM also opened a data center in South Korea with plans for another in New Zealand.

In January, IBM acquired the messaging assets of Outblaze Limited, which focused on email technology and messaging. Outblaze combined with the Hong Kong lab gives IBM a lot of firepower focused on the cloud.

Also: IBM targets Google Apps for business, undercuts pricing and touts reliability

Topics: Cloud, Banking, Virtualization, Software, IBM, Hardware, Enterprise Software, Collaboration, CXO, Browser, Social Enterprise

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  • Simple Lotus > Exchange

    More reliable, easily scalable, and better DR built into the Domino offering.

    It's simply light years ahead of the POS known as Exchange!
    itguy08
  • RE: IBM: LotusLive paying subscribers go from 0 to 18 million in a year

    I don't know if it's better or not. Haven't used Notes/Domino in about 6 years, but back then, Outlook/Exchange was definitely superior by an order of magnitude. If Domino has closed the gap, that's a great move for Lotus. How well does it work with a mobile force? That is, can every featurephone get email and calendaring and such from Domino?
    x I'm tc
  • how does LotusLive comapre to Google & Microsoft

    We are working on a comparison chart now that the set of tools which a complete collaboration suite has been defined thanks to LotusLive, and Microsoft BPOS. Anyone interested in working up a comparison chart of how MS, GoogleApps, IBM compare please email info@hyperoffice.com

    Shahab Kaviani
    HyperOffice
    skaviani
  • Notes 8.5.1

    Domino/Notes works great with Mobile users. You can log in through a browser in lite or full mode depending on your connection speed.
    You can also have PUSH on your smart-phone... even iPhone.
    faxmonkey
  • RE: IBM: LotusLive paying subscribers go from 0 to 18 million in a year

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