Intel partners to improve bandwidth management

Intel released yesterday two new networking appliances designed to help service providers manage the allocation of bandwidth in their computer networks.

The new NetStructure 7340 Traffic Shaper and 7370 Application Shaper are based on a bandwidth management technology called PacketWise, which was developed by Packeteer.

Intel described the new products as "traffic cops" because they can be used to monitor how the available bandwidth in a network is being used, and to set priorities to provide additional capacity for more important applications and customers.

"With what bandwidth you do have, the most important things should be done first. Not all transactions are created equal," said Barry Hartman, product line manager in Intel's network equipment division.

The Intel appliances are aimed at ISPs (internet service providers), ASPs (application service providers) and other large companies that would benefit from having greater ability to prioritise traffic in their networks.

Intel's 7340 Traffic Shaper, priced at $US24,995, lets service providers prioritise network bandwidth to improve the performance of key applications. The 7370 Application Shaper, priced at $29,995, is a policy-based subscriber management system and includes a broader set of features, including the ability to validate service-level agreements and to integrate billing functions, Intel said.

Also on Tuesday, Packeteer announced the Internet Security Accelerator 50, a product designed to speed up the amount of time it takes to make a transaction on the web. Dubbed the ISX 50, the product is based on Intel's SSL (secure socket layer) acceleration technology, and is scheduled to be available in August in the US and overseas priced at $12,995.

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