Thursday, May 19, 2011

IBM rents tablets

Companies wishing to provide their employees tablets do not have to think of a large initial investment. IBM has launched in the U.S. a rental program per month for 20 tablets. The catalog covers models on offer. IBM offers from iPad, a tablet, Motorola, Samsung, Acer, Asus, HTC ... The customer can choose both the Apple operating system as those equipped with Android or RIM's Playbook.

Some of these tablets has a purchase price of approximately $ 600. Mike Elmasry, head of IBM Global Financing, said that "if the company needs to deploy thousands of tablets, it will be more efficient and cost effective to rent than buying manufacturer." The subscription will last two to three years, at which IBM will retrieve the units, clean and reformat data.

IBM also provides financing for purchase. The rental service provides security plug-ins. It is estimated that 25% of the tablets have been sold to companies. According Elmarsy, "many companies dream to integrate with new technology." IBM has similar plans assets for desktops and laptops, particularly present in developing countries.

One of the objectives of the operation is to attract companies' own Internet services in the cloud (cloud computing) in which programs and content are hosted by Internet server companies so that the customer always has updated and accessible from any machine.

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