Working through resellers, IBM also is opening its outsourced security services to smaller firms, Big Blue announced at the IBM Business Partner Executive Conference.
"Security is becoming more and more important to customers as they come online," said Robert Holderman of IBM Global Services. The IBM moves are consistent with its strategy of reaching smaller firms via resellers, rather than through its direct sales force.
Research from Gartner Group suggests that two out of five companies that experience a catastrophe or an extended system outage never resume operations. Of those that do, a third are out of business within two years.
Protection Express, designed for midrange AS/400 and workstation RS/6000 customers through IBM Global Services, includes back-up systems delivered to the customer within 48 hours, use of an IBM recovery location, a two-day planning seminar, and other services.
IBM security services under IBM's Internet Emergency Response Service are being extended to companies with fewer than 1,000 employees. They offer security assessment, ethical hacking, intrusion detection, and firewall and antivirus services.
Pricing for the Protection Express service, based on the type and number of machines covered, begins at $3,000 for a five-year contract for customers with small AS/400 systems, Holderman said.
In other offerings through resellers for small businesses, IBM announced: