Intel Intros Bundles for SMBs

Chipmaker Intel recently launched three business bundles—each consisting of an Intel-powered desktop, a notebook and a server—targeted at the small and medium-size business (SMB) market in partnership with hardware makers like Lenovo and local software vendors.

Intel maintains its partnership with Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company to provide connectivity options. It also announced partnerships with Banco De Oro and Planters’ Bank to provide SMBs with payment options.

Called “SMB Essentials,” the program includes partnerships with independent software vendors (ISVs) like SEER, 8 Layer, Biometrix, Lane Systems, Mustard Seed and ERP vendor Jupiter Systems.

“We aim to provide cost-effective business solutions, application solutions and connectivity solutions to really help SMBs grow their businesses,” said Ricky Banaag, Intel Microelectronics Philippines country manager.

Banaag said Intel’s SMB program focuses on the desktop mobility and server products to build and enhance the technology foundation for SMBs.

The program includes three packages categorized by Intel as “good, better and best.”

The first package combines a desktop PC running on an Intel Pentium 4 processor supporting HyperThreading Technology, an Intel Celeron M notebook and an entry-level sever running on Intel’s Core 2 Duo processor (code-named “Conroe”).

The second bundle consists of a desktop PC powered by a dual-core Intel Pentium D processor, Intel Centrino notebooks and a server running on an Intel Xeon processor that can support extended 64-bit applications.

What Intel calls the “best” option includes a desktop PC running on Intel’s vPro technology, an Intel Centrino Duo-powered laptop and an Intel Xeon server. This bundle provides SMBs with superior performance, security and manageability to support important databases and business-critical applications, according to Intel.

By engaging with local channel partners and ISVs that provide market-specific products, Intel is hoping to bring forth products that address the exact computing requirements of SMBs.

-Tom S. Noda, Computerworld Philippines

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