Stories by Michael Martin

Comdisco Folds DSL Business Unit

Technology services provider Comdisco Inc. this week announced that it is getting out of the DSL business by folding its New York City Prism Communication Services business unit.

Covad and SBC Reach Marketing Pact

SBC Communications Inc. and Covad Communications Co. Monday unveiled an agreement that should allow SBC to offer its customers better business-class DSL nationwide and enable Covad to better service residential users in SBC territory, according to an industry analyst.

Lucent Joins the Great DSLAM Slim-Down

Lucent Technologies Inc. has become the latest DSL Access Multiplexer vendor to unveil a family of small form factor DSLAMs designed to be deployed outside the central office.

USi to Offer Quick-Build E-Commerce Service

USinternetworking is getting set to launch a pre-integrated, e-commerce suite that the application service provider says will allow brick-and-mortar retailers to build an online operation in as little as 45 days.

Start-up Serves Up Secure Hosted Nets

Start-up SilverTech Inc. is targeting an offering it calls a private Internet engine (PIE) service at security-conscious vertical markets that need to tightly control network access to sensitive applications and information.

ASP Rolls Out Business Process Suite

AristaSoft Corp. Thursday expanded its application service provider portfolio by unveiling an integrated set of operations and finance, supply chain collaboration and customer service management applications designed for technology manufacturing firms. The company says the integrated package will allow its clients to automate the entire manufacturing process from the customer order stage to sending the work out to contract manufacturers.

Chip Makers to Support Copper Mountain VoDSL

Seven semiconductor companies this week agreed to include Copper Mountain Networks Inc. technology in the chipsets they are manufacturing for next-generation integrated-access devices (IADs) supporting voice over DSL.

Survey Shows Popularity of ASPs Increasing

Application service providers are gaining in both customers and customer satisfaction, according to a tracking survey released Tuesday by the ASP Industry Consortium.

Service Tests Web Site Scalability

NaviSite Inc., a hosting firm and application service provider, is preparing to roll out a service that allows enterprises to see how their Web sites respond to particular volumes of traffic.

ASP Aims to Deliver Custom Apps in a Day

AppCity Corp., a New York-based developer of customer relationship management and mobile workforce applications, will enter the application service provider (ASP) market next week by offering applications the company says can be customized in less than a day.

Vendors Form DSL Interoperability Group

Several equipment vendors and service providers last week launched a program aimed at achieving full interoperability among DSL gear, an effort that could ultimately lead to lower equipment pricing and speedier service rollouts.