Looks like IBM has finally released the Outblaze-based messaging service they announced at Lotusphere 2009 in January.
"Outblaze always sold low-cost mailboxes and that's what this is," [Gartner analyst Matt Cain] said. "Google's long been in it, Microsoft's long been in it. Now IBM's in it."
However, that's not to say IBM's brand on the software isn't of some value, Cain added. ."From an enterprise perspective, you'd rather buy e-mail from IBM than a company called Outblaze."
It's unlikely that IBM's pricing strategy will cause competitors to lower fees for their offerings, according to Cain. For one thing, Microsoft already has a $2 per month Exchange Online option called "Deskless Worker," Cain noted.