Managed Services Launched

SAN MATEO (01/28/2000) - Telecom giants AT&T Corp. and MCI WorldCom Inc. used last week's ComNet 2000 show in Washington to launch new networking services for enterprise managers who have an increased zeal for outsourcing and a need to make better use of existing bandwidth.

AT&T unveiled a suite of LAN and WAN managed services and a series of new professional services.

Meanwhile, MCI WorldCom launched a "smart bandwidth" initiative that is designed to allow IT managers to control data flow on ATM and private networks via a Web interface.

AT&T's announcements look to offload some of the investments, risks, and extensive planning that goes into staple networking capabilities.

For those looking to farm out LAN operations, for instance, AT&T offered its Managed LAN Utility.

"What happens is we take over the assets of a client and lease or rent back the asset at a fixed price, which allows a client to predict costs over time," said Bill Callahan, vice president of networked computing at AT&T Services.

AT&T's new Networked Messaging Management Service offers to conceptualize and deploy for an organization corporate e-mail systems based on products from Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM's Lotus Development.

AT&T also launched two other professional services: Advanced IP and Networking Security Consulting.

In addition, AT&T played up its new Managed ATM service, aimed at enterprises migrating out of total reliance on frame-relay networks to newer technologies such as ATM or frame-relay-to-ATM service interworking. The company also launched its Managed Multi-Service Networking to support multiple environments.

MCI WorldCom pitched its smart bandwidth offerings to the ATM and private line space. Using a Web site and MCI WorldCom software, a user can now move available bandwidth from one site to another, redistribute loads between private line DSO and DS1 circuits, and provision new circuits for themselves as needed.

MCI WorldCom is pushing its new Smart Bandwidth services as a way to launch voice-over-data capabilities.

"You hear a lot about next-generation networking announcements, but we are really trying to increase the functionality of our ATM customers today," commented Melanie Hanssen, MCI WorldCom's director of ATM product marketing.

AT&T Corp., in Basking Ridge, N.J., is at www.att.com. MCI WorldCom Inc., in Clinton, Miss., is at www.mciworld.com.

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