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IBM Commits to Service Providers With xSP Prime

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IBM Corporation today announced xSP Prime, an extension and rebranding of IBM's ASP Prime program, which is esigned to target a wider spectrum of service providers. IBM said the extended program is positioned to help participants begin reaping the benefits of a market opportunity expected to reach $460 billion by 2005, according to analyst firm IDC.

Until now, IBM's ASP Prime program has focused on providing comprehensive business and technical support to software developers and ASPs aiming to enable and stress-test their applications for deployment in a Web hosted model. xSP Prime will broaden its focus to deliver enhanced offerings that are tailored to the deployment requirements of Web Hosters, Internet Data Centers (IDCs) and Storage Service Providers (SSPs) - among others - using IBM hardware, software, and services.

"As we rolled out ASP Prime globally and continued working with other xSPs in the market, it became clear that client demand was exceeding our original intent for the program," stated Dave Carlquist, vice president of IBM's Global Net Generation Business. "The service provider sector is an important audience for IBM and with the expansion to xSP Prime, we're helping our Business Partners deliver stronger products and services to market faster, with better business plans and a solid understanding of the benefits - and sensitivities - of the xSP and ASP models."

Initial offerings that will be available under xSP Prime include: Business Design Workshops; Financial Modeling Tools; Technical Strategy Workshops and xSP Prime Online.

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