Intel unwraps small office network
With more smaller companies doing business on the Internet, Intel has taken the wraps off a new network appliance aimed at that market. The Intel InBusiness Small Office Network offers small companies broadband access, remote management capabilities and office sharing resources like basic file sharing, print sharing and Internet sharing capabilities. The networking appliance comes in two versions, both of which are available now in the US and are expected to be available worldwide within the next month. Both versions can connect up to 25 computers for a network and feature a remote, Web-based tool that will enable service providers to monitor the status of the user company's networking box. www.intel.comFresh air for the NetSix companies have pledged more than $US25 million to a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) project aimed at reinventing computing for the Internet.
Project Oxygen was launched to collect and advance an array of technologies for mobile devices and network-based applications. Members say the goal is to make computers easier to use, less expensive and smarter. Oxygen is a project by the MIT Laboratory for Computer (LCS) Science, with additional researchers drawn from MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Altogether, 250 researchers are involved in the five-year, $50 million project. The project's advocates envision a world where Oxygen provides the essential technology underpinnings to deliver to a given user the exact information or capabilities the user needs at a particular moment, in a particular location.www.oxygen.lcs.mit.eduKicking up a performanceStepping up its efforts to smooth out network performance, Cisco Systems has added support for a standard QoS (quality of service) protocol in its QoS Policy Manager (QPM) and released software to spice up its line of content switches. By adding support for the Common Open Policy Service (COPS) protocol, Cisco's QPM-COPS module can enforce QoS across the network for data, voice, and video traffic, according to Cisco. QPM-COPS arms enterprise IT managers with the capability to control the deployment of voice and video apps by policing the demand for network resources, Cisco said. In addition, QPM-COPS can publish information to enterprise directories according to the DEN (Directory-Enabled Network) policy schema, which is currently in development with the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). www.cisco.com