The companies will announce Friday that IBM x220 servers running Microsoft's Windows 2000 are being installed in Fujifilm service centers. The centers combine allow customers process film as well as digital images, abusiness.
Thousands of IBM servers will be used to run Fujifilm's Frontier Digital Lab, photo centers built into stores where prints are made from film as well as from digital images stored on floppy disks, CDs or flash memory cards. Also at the centers, customers can save images to a disk or upload images to a Web site. The servers then can connect to the store's own computer systems for billing purposes.
Retailers that are using or will use the Frontier labs include Costco, Eckerd Drugs, Longs Drugs, Meijers, Ritz Camera, Walgreens and Wal-Mart. Internet photo sites Shutterfly and Ritz.com also use the systems, Fuji said.
In addition, IBM NetVista PCs will be used in smaller-scale Aladdin Digital Photo Centers, which allow customers on their own to upload, manipulate and print digital photos.
IBM lags Dell Computer and Hewlett-Packard in the market for Intel servers, but is fighting back withdesigns and .
One advantage Big Blue has over those competitors is its Global Services division, which is providing Fuji with hardware and system development.