Infrastructure Briefs

FRAMINGHAM (02/04/2000) - Cisco Systems Inc. last week announced new modules for its multiservice 2600/3600 routers. The four new modules offer two WAN Interface Card ports that Cisco says operate up to 8M bit/sec and support integrated DSU/CSU serial connections. The modules offer a choice of one or two 10/100 Ethernet LAN ports and/or a 4/16M bit/sec token-ring LAN port all on one network module. Previously, the same features were only available using two or more network modules. The new interface cards are available immediately. The new modules range in price from $1,500 to $3,500.

Cisco: www.cisco.com

Netscreen Technologies Inc. has cut the price of its 10-user NetScreen-5 Internet virtual private network appliance from more than $1,500 to about $1,000. The box performs hardware-based encryption and IP tunneling. The box also acts as a firewall for branch and telecommuter offices. The company has also introduced a 25-user version of NetScreen-5, which costs about $1,800.

Netscreen: www.netscreen.com

Looking to speed e-business services for users, IBM Corp. and content handler Akamai Technologies Inc. have inked a deal. Last week, IBM announced it will use Akamai's FreeFlow high-speed Internet service to offer a set of systems integration and application development services to speed and more smoothly handle Web site traffic.

Akamai says FreeFlow lets Web sites handle streaming media, animation, photo montages and 3-D objects more efficiently. Akamai also announced it will make IBM's Netfinity PC server running Linux its Web server of choice.

Akamai: www.akamai.com; IBM: www.ibm.com.

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