Fore helps form e-commerce infrastructure

Fore Systems last week unveiled a series of products, called E-Commerce Networking Solutions, that are aimed at strengthening the network infrastructure for improved electronic-commerce deployments.

The products include PrioriSynch Solutions tools, designed to facilitate rapid e-commerce database server backup across WANs and LANs; and NetResource Guard, which lets network managers set policies to maximise handling of the most important traffic in an e-commerce deployment.

One analyst pointed out the importance of network traffic prioritisation in terms of the bottom line.

"In order for e-commerce to be successful, we need to have some ability to (prioritise) people ... who are going to spend money," said Virginia Brooks, vice president of networking and telecommunications at the Aberdeen Group. "What we are seeing now is the beginning of a foundation for this."

Another new tool unveiled, the AuthentiFirst Agent, is designed to optimise network-security traffic and remove bottlenecks.

According to another analyst, the boom of e-commerce has increased the complexity of network infrastructures, making souped-up network-management tools vital to a company's competitive edge.

"(Fore is) recognising what the market is responding to in terms of e-commerce," said Stephen Elliot, an analyst at Dataquest. "I think it is another sign that end users are raising the bar on network-management needs."

"(Fore) is a traditional hardware company recognising that in the age of e-commerce, network management is key," Elliot added.

Fore's PrioriSynch Solutions are available now and are priced as part of ForeView network-management software. The NetResource Guard and AuthentiFirst Agent will ship in December, with pricing to be announced at that time.

Fore Systems, in Pittsburgh, is at www.fore.com/.

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