Novell has announced that IBM will be the third company to market its Novell Internet Caching System (ICS), which is software designed to speed access to frequently requested Web pages.
IBM will provide ICS on its Netfinity servers. Previously, Dell and Compaq announced that the caching system would be available on their PowerEdge and ProLiant servers.
According to the Internet Research Group the caching market will grow to almost $US2.2 billion by 2003 from $287 million in 1999 as the market shifts from an ISP focus to broader enterprise use.
Novell's ICS runs on any Unix, Cisco, NetWare or Windows NT environment. It includes a Layer 4 switch transparent proxy to work at the edge of any network, as well as support for URL filtering and blocking.
The product is manageable from any Web browser, Telnet, FTP or serial connection. In addition, it supports SNMP for easy integration into management consoles. Feature enhancements can be made over-the-wire.