LAS VEGAS, Nevada--This year's Networld + Interop trade show served up the usual fare of faster, better, cheaper networking solutions plus a new focus on Internet server technology and
security solutions for the ever-growing number of intranets.
Among the developments at the show:
--The Nterprise division of regional Bell operating company USWest announced a high-speed trial that lets users access the Web more than 50 times faster than
is currently possible with 28.8-kbps modems. The trial is using a
sophisticated transmission techniques called ADSL (Asymmetric Digital
Subscriber Line) and HDSL (High-bit-rate Digital Subscriber Line) to
transmit data over conventional phone lines. The trial has already started
in Denver, Boulder, Colorado, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The company expects to
offer service in selected markets starting next year. Cisco Systems is working with Nterprise
to supply several key internetworking technologies while both PairGain and Westell will supply high-speed
modems to USWest customers. The RBOC serves 25 million customers in the West
--PSINet today announced the availability of
SecureEnterprise, a managed Internet security service designed to connect
private corporate networks to the Internet. The service will include full-time
monitoring of a company's Internet connection by PSINet technicians and will provide the company with encryption products that let it form
virtual private networks over the Net.
--Sun Microsystems released the Solaris Internet Server, an Internet gateway that
connects Windows, Unix, and NetWare users to the Net without having to install TCP-IP stacks on every desktop. The
server, which sells for $2,995, is based on SunSoft's Solaris 2.5 Unix
operating system for Sparc and Intel-based platforms.
--Secure Computing unveiled a suite of
intranet security products that includes a firewall, authentication
system, and Web browser.
The company's Sidewinder 3.0 firewall, due in the second
quarter and priced at $7,000, will include encryption capabilities to let administrators use existing Internet connections to set up virtual private networks, a solution the company says is cheaper and simpler then proprietary networks. Secure's LockOut 3.0 is a software- and
hardware-based authentication technology for keeping unauthorized users off corporate networks.
Due in the second quarter, the upgrade of LockOut will run on Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh, and
Unix clients priced at $40 per user. Secure is also jumping into the browser business with NetRanger, an
integrated Web browser and email client that supports secure, encrypted
communications to LANs that use the Sidewinder firewall. NetRanger will ship
in the second quarter, but the company has not yet set pricing.
--Netscape Communications announced the release of a free beta version of the Netscape
Proxy Server 2.0. Available for downloading immediately, Proxy Server 2.0 conserves
network bandwidth by caching Web documents on a local workgroup server. This means that page serving runs faster because clients don't need to retrieve documents across the Internet every time. The Proxy Server version, announced in early March, includes scripting capabilities for on-demand caching. The
beta version is initially available on Unix platforms but
will run on Windows NT for alpha and Intel-based servers later this year priced at $995.
--Process Software announced two Internet servers, one for Windows NT and one for OpenVMS systems. The Purveyor Encrypt WebServer runs on NT and supports the widely used Secure Sockets Layer encryption for secure
communications. The server will ship next week priced at $895. Process' $1,995 TCPware Internet Server lets OpenVMS systems become full-fledged
Internet servers. The package includes a TCP-IP stack, Telnet client and
server, FTP (file transfer protocol) client and server, Domain Name Services,
Kerberos security, simple mail transport protocol server, mail server, and Usenet news server.
--3Com announced today that it will try
to make ordering ISDN lines easier for companies and individual users via
a free 800 number. While helping users set up those lines, 3Com will hawk its range of ISDN hardware products, including
modems, remote access routers, and remote access servers.
3Com also today announced a partnership with videoconferencing vendor PictureTel to provide LAN-based videoconferencing solutions. 3Com will enhance its Ethernet and Fast Ethernet
network interface cards to deliver higher quality multimedia transmissions over LANs while PictureTel will bundle its data conferencing software for free with
3Com's network cards.
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