IP Services Taking a Front Seat at Show

LAS VEGAS (05/05/2000) - New IP services will be out in full force at this week's NetWorld+Interop 2000, including: VPN services from Savvis Communications, Web-hosting services from Cable & Wireless PLC and wireless Internet access services from UUNET Technologies Inc.

Savvis is launching a slew of virtual private network (VPN) services, offerings it hinted about last month.

The VPN services include Savvis' Internet Plus VPN, IP Xchange, Private IP Xchange and Private IP Network. All the VPN services exclusively run over Savvis' Internet backbone, except Internet Plus VPN, which also runs over the public Internet.

Most ISPs deploy VPN hardware that manages users' network policies and security parameters at each customer site. But Savvis is taking a different approach by keeping the intelligence within the network. Savvis bought 80 Nortel Shasta 5000 Broadband Service Nodes to support its services, and it's also using Lucent PacketStar integrated access devices at each customer site.

Savvis is using the Shasta boxes to set up encrypted tunnels and customer traffic management policies within Savvis' network, but not from each customer site to Savvis' network.

"Savvis' VPN story differs from most other ISPs, which may be a difficult sale with some business users," says Don Carros, senior research analyst with Meta Group, a Stamford, Conn., consulting firm.

But Savvis CEO Rob McCormick says users can add IP Security encryption and tunneling directly at their sites, even though that feature is not part of Savvis' typical offering.

Web-hosting push

Meanwhile, Cable & Wireless is using the show to launch Shared Web Hosting and its Edge Co-location service.

The ISP's Shared Web Hosting service allows users to choose from a $25-per-month service that includes 100M bytes of disk space and 20 e-mail accounts, all the way up to a $375-per-month service that includes 500M bytes of disk space and 100 e-mail accounts.

The service includes Web site templates and a library of Common Gateway Interface scripts for simple Web page setup.

For larger customers, Cable & Wireless has a new Edge Co-location service.

Edge Co-location is for content distribution service providers that need to put servers as close to the Internet as possible. Edge Co-location customers have to deploy servers in at least four Cable & Wireless point of presence sites and use at least 20M bit/sec worth of bandwidth for each rack of servers at each location. The Edge Co-location service will be ready in July.

Finally UUNET, MCI WorldCom's ISP, will reveal details about its wireless Internet access service plans at the show.

To date UUNET does not offer any wireless Internet access services, but MCI WorldCom made some moves last year that could spur new services. MCI WorldCom acquired a handful of fixed wireless service providers, bought wireless pager company SkyTel and invested $300 million in Metricom.

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