Lotus says 11 international Internet service providers will offer collaborative application services based on its Domino Instant Host Web server platform and its Instant Teamroom application.
Lotus' Domino Instant Host is a server platform targeted at Internet service providers (ISPs) that want to offer Internet-based shared collaborative application services using Lotus' Instant Teamroom groupware application, company officials said.
The two products allow business that have little or no IT infrastructure, as well as businesses in need of collaborative applications outside of a company's firewall, to subscribe to hosted, shared applications services.
The eleven ISPs set to offer the Domino Instant Host services are America Online Inc., British Telecom Plc., France Telecom SA, Interliant, Netcom On-Line Communication Services Inc., NTT PC (as service provider for Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Co. ), Telecom Italia SpA, Telia AB, Swisscom, US West and Kuwait-based Zaksat, Lotus said.
Lotus officials could not say how soon the individual companies will offer the Domino Instant Host services to their customers. Several of the US-based ISPs contacted did not immediately return phone calls.
Domino Instant Host allows ISPs to manage billing, tracking and maintenance of Domino Instant Teamroom applications on shared Domino servers. Applications hosted on the platform can be initiated by end-users from their Web browsers through a step-by-step process, during which a billing record is established. Users also register authorized participants and obtain a URL extension for the site, Lotus officials said.
Domino Instant Host automates administrative tasks such as reserving space on the service provider's Web server, installing the application and managing the disposal of the hosted content at the end of a project.
Domino Instant Host is available now for the Microsoft Corp. Windows NT operating system to Lotus alliances partners via download at http://www.lotus.com/host.
Pricing is based on per-month use of the applications, Lotus said. Electronic keys for activating applications written for the platform are available at Lotus' e-commerce site.
Key prices are based on volume and begin at $US500 for a 375 user instance month key. End user pricing will vary depending on configuration, number of users supported and on the terms of ISP subscriptions, a Lotus spokeswoman said.
A $500 per-month starting price divided by 375 users equals $1.33 per end-user per month, the Lotus spokeswoman said.
Lotus, a subsidiary of IBM Corp., in Cambridge, Massachusetts can be reached at +1-617-577-8500, or at http://www.lotus.com/.