Quality of service and bandwidth management were hot topics at NetWorld+Interop in the US last month among router and switch vendors. But one privately held French software company, Synchronix Software, has taken a software-only approach to optimising network traffic that may provide a cost-effective alternative in certain situations.
Called BoostWorks, the product family announced consists of three separate accelerators: BoostSQL, BoostWeb, and BoostVT. The accelerators are targeted at SQL-based client/server traffic, intranet Web traffic, and character-based terminal traffic respectively. Each consists of both client and server software and will run in most environments including Windows NT, Unix, Linux, and Novell 5.0 networks.
By analysing and compressing these narrowly targeted network traffic types, the Boost products attempt to minimise redundant or repetitive network traffic and optimise data flow through compression.
The servers can be configured to prioritise one application over another in order to provide some policy enforcement, but they do not have hooks to network management tools packages from Tivoli, Computer Associates, or Hewlett-Packard.
Synchronix Software can be reached at www.synchronix.com.