Neoteris, a start-up chaired by Silicon Graphics, Netscape Communications and Healtheon founder Jim Clark, has launched its first products. Dubbed EmployeeAccess and PartnerAccess, the products constitute the company's Instant Virtual Extranet line, which offers secure access to online corporate resources. Located in Sunnyvale, Calif., Neoteris launched earlier this month with $5 million in funding, including an investment from The Barksdale Group. Trial customers include 3Com, NetLedger, Finisar, Monterey Designs and ARX Networks. EmployeeAccess software is priced starting at $14,995. PartnerAccess pricing starts at $29,995.
Sycamore Networks has signed a multiyear agreement with CoreExpress for up to $100 million in optical switching equipment. CoreExpress, an Internet-based services company, will use Sycamore gear for its new extranet service. CoreExpress, which also is using Juniper Networks routers for the extranet service, will install Sycamore's SN 16000 optical switches. Sycamore will provide financing to help CoreExpress purchase the equipment. Other Sycamore customers include Vodafone Limited and Williams Communications.
Aventail repositions its software as some powerful companies move in to the virtual private network market.
Netscape Communications will release its PerLDAP software modules for adding directory services to extranets. PerLDAP is an application of the Lightweig ht Directory Access Protocol using the Perl scripting language. Source code for PerLDAP will be posted free at Netscape's Mozilla.org free source code site, and at the Comprehensive Perl Archive Network site for Perl developers.
The use of the Internet by businesses continues to expand as "Net"-based applications hit the market, according to an independent report.
Recently returned to profitability, Internet security vendor Secure Computing will ship this month new software for securing extranets.
The start-up is positioning its software suite as a cheaper, more flexible alternative to EDI and collaborative software, targeting e-commerce.
Framework Technologies' latest version of its Web-based collaborative software allows users to design and publish Web sites for managing projects over the intranet and extranet.
Nortel Networks partnered with iPass to offer customers easy one-click access to Virtual Private Networks. Nortel's Contivity Extranet Switch allows remote users to connect to a Virtual Private Network, which uses the Internet to build a private, secure network. Ipass allows customers to dial into the Internet with 3,000 access numbers in about 150 companies.
GE Information Services launches a new version of its GE InterBusiness Partner service, which lets companies set up extranets using GEIS's infrastructure.