Web 2.0 mania has reached Intel, with the CPU maker announcing its backing of SuiteTwo, a new business Internet suite designed to help companies embrace collaborative computing models. Comprised of a combination of inward- and public-facing applications, SuiteTwo was developed in partnership with open source developer and integrator SpikeSource.
The idea is simple. Package up a number of Web 2.0 "applications," make them work together, and unleash them on businesses. By bringing the applications together and marketing them under a single moniker, Intel is appealing to businesses that haven’t yet jumped on the blogging and RSS bandwagon. It’s a turnkey solution that will run on Windows, Red Hat Linux, and SUSE Linux. It features a single sign-on for users and what Intel describes as a "rich user interface."
SuiteTwo consists of four applications, but more will be added in the future. The inward-facing apps are Socialtext and NewsGator with SimpleFeed and Movable Type used for external collaboration. In simpler terms, we’re talking about blogging, wiki, and RSS reader and publication apps. Socialtext is targeted at companies wanting to use wikis for internal collaboration, and Intel claims that companies using it see faster project turnaround times and up to a 30 percent reduction in e-mail volume. NewsGator and Movable Type will be familiar to most of our readers as popular tools for RSS reading and blogging, respectively, and SimpleFeed is an RSS syndication tool.
"SuiteTwo demonstrates the benefits of bringing together individual Web 2.0 products into a solution for businesses," said Renee James, corporate VP and general manager of Intel’s Software and Solutions Group. "The Intel?Channel Marketplace will help bring this solution to the broader enterprise community."
SpikeSource will offer support for the suite, and will continue working on adding new applications and features. Pricing has yet to be officially announced, but sources tell Ars Technica that they expect it to cost around $15 per user, per month.
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