Vendors Ready to Supply Internet Build Out

SAN FRANCISCO (05/04/2000) - Next week's NetWorld+Interop (N+I) show in Las Vegas will feature a wealth of products and services designed to meet the needs of enterprises heading toward more sophisticated Internet-based operations, analysts, vendors and conference organizers said today.

The convergence of services around the Internet is providing vendors with an opportunity to help businesses take imaginative steps towards improving their organizations, according to the industry observers.

"The Internet is now becoming ubiquitous and companies are recognizing how they can leverage it," Stephen Elliot, an analyst with Gartner Group Inc., said today in a telephone interview. "This is a unique opportunity for vendors to step up and be innovative and push the boundaries to bring together internal (company) support with external-facing applications and services. There will be a lot of attention over service-level aspects -- the ability to manage service internally and externally."

Vendors will be providing applications and infrastructure components necessary for companies to extend their networks to the Internet, Valerie Williamson, vice president and general manager for the N+I event, said in a telephone interview today.

"At the enterprise level, the buildout (to the Internet) is still occurring," Williamson said. In addition, ISPs (Internet service providers) are selling integrated data, voice and video services to enterprise customers along with small and medium-sized businesses, she added.

The following are some of the planned products to be shown at the show:

- IBM Corp. is scheduled to announce the release of a suite of components designed to aide customers who are building networking products, Chuck Sannipoli, said today in a telephone interview. Included in IBM's offerings will be an ASIC (application specific integrated circuit) suite of tools for customers who want to develop their own chips.

- Alcatel SA will demonstrate new QoS (quality of service) features in its OmniCore 5000 family of backbone switches, which enable enterprises to deploy a core switch that supports voice, video and data networks in e-business applications, Christopher Andrews, an Alcatel spokesman, said in a telephone interview today. The features were first announced April 25.

The new features will allow IT managers to use the switches to ease points of network congestion and to restrict unwanted network traffic, while maximizing mission-critical revenue-enhancing applications, Andrews said. The QoS features are free. The Alcatel OmniCore 5000 systems ship with the new features at prices starting at US$7,995.

V-One Corp., a vendor of client/server VPNs (virtual private networks), will release its SmartGuard Security appliance, and its VPN clients for Microsoft Corp.'s Pocket PC.

SmartGuard includes an integrated VPN consisting of a user authentication system, a user access control database, encryption capabilities, client software and an optional firewall. Its functions may be managed from a single PC, according to V-One.

IBM Corp., in Armonk, New York, can be reached at +1-914-499-1900, or at http://www.ibm.com/. V-One Corp, in Germantown, Maryland, is at +1-301-515-5200, or at http://www.v-one.com/. Alcatel SA, in Paris, can be reached at +1-33-1-40-76-10-10, or at http://www.alcatel.com/.

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