FRAMINGHAM (07/07/2000) - E-Commerce Driving Network ConvergenceThe big mover propelling network convergence is no longer voice applications, it's e-commerce, said a report released last month. According to the report from Sage Research Inc. in Natick, Massachusetts, "more than 50% of U.S. organizations are planning to make significant changes to their [wide-area networks] in the next two years" to accommodate e-commerce-driven initiatives.

Although only 18% of the 300 surveyed companies offer network access to their suppliers today, 42% will do so by the end of next year, the report said.

Quantum Releases New NAS Products

San Franciso-based Quantum Corp.'s Snap Division bolstered its server product line with three additions for the network-attached storage market. The Snap Server 1000 series features two models, one with 15GB in capacity that costs $499 and another with 30GB that costs $799. The Snap Server 2000 supports RAID Levels 0 and 1 and has 60GB capacity.www.quantum.comVeritas Launches SANPoint ControlVeritas Software Corp. has announced SANPoint Control, software that provides centralized monitoring and control of all storage-area network (SAN) resources, such as logical volumes, Fibre Channel adapters and switches and peripheral devices. SANPoint Control will ship next month. San Francisco-based Veritas hasn't finalized pricing.www.veritas.comIntel Plans New Technology CentersIntel Corp. is prepared to spend $100 million over the next year to open 15 Intel Solution Centers worldwide. The purpose of the centers is to increase demand for Intel technologies like networking products, chips and motherboards.

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