IBM, Ingram Micro set up center for SMBs

The collaboration between Big Blue and Ingram Micro is aimed at making it easier--and cheaper--for businesses to develop and test their software on IBM hardware.

SINGAPORE--IBM Singapore and technology product distributor Ingram Micro have partnered to provide small and midsized businesses (SMBs) with facilities to test their software before implementation.

Besides allowing customers to conduct activities such as proof-of-concepts, design consultation, product installation and implementation, the center will also house training facilities and provide post-sales support.

In a joint media statement, the companies said the center will enable SMBs, which typically face resource constraints, to develop software at lower costs.

Said Han Chung Heng, general manager of the IBM Systems and Technology group: "Clients gain a good understanding of how their solutions will integrate with their existing systems before implementation, significantly reducing the costs and risks they would incur."

The systems that are available for testing include IBM eServer BladeCenter, IBM eServer pSeries and IBM Totalstorage.

To date, IBM has invested over S$500,000 (US$302,200) in the center, while Ingram Micro provided other computing equipment and applications.

The solutions center is IBM's third in Singapore.