FlowPoint Ships Free Firewall

FlowPoint Corp. is shipping a free firewall with its digital subscriber line (DSL) routers. The routers, which are installed at customer sites, are the link between customer networks and DSL lines that connect to the Internet. FlowPoint routers are used by Covad Communications, a service provider specializing in DSL. The fire-wall used to cost $299. Upgrades for current FlowPoint customers are available at www.flowpoint.com.

Breakaway Solutions, an application service provider (ASP) in Boston, is teaming with InterNap, an ISP in Seattle, to offer Breakaway customers dedicated Internet access services. InterNap inked a deal last week with Breakaway, the first ASP to sign on with the ISP. Breakaway also announced it has opened its 11th data center in Chicago. Breakaway is among a handful of ASPs building their own data centers to support application rental services.

Darwin Networks has crafted a unique deal to push DSL into areas that might otherwise be overlooked. Darwin uses DSL to support its business selling high-speed Internet access to hotels that in turn resell that access to guests.

The trouble is, some of those hotels are in towns too small to make it worthwhile for the local phone company to install switching office DSL gear.

Darwin has a deal in the South to lease DSL switching office gear to BellSouth so BellSouth can sell Darwin the DSL services it needs. BellSouth also gets to use the equipment to sell DSL service to other customers. Over time, BellSouth will own the gear.

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