OzEmail is attempting to crack open the potentially lucrative outsourced VPN (virtual private network) market using Bay Networks switch technology.
Under the proposed agreement, Bay Networks will supply OzEmail with its extranet switches while OzEmail will offer enterprises a hosted VPN and remote access service.
While both OzEmail and Bay Networks executives confirmed they have not yet sealed the deal with ink, industry sources expect a formal announcement very soon.
Jeff Putt, OzEmail's product manager of VPNs and security, said the planned offering consists of the "Office Connection" and "One-to-Many" services, designed to cater for diverse enterprise remote access and wide-area data transmission needs.
Office Connection is designed to replace the corporate wide area network, while One-to-Many caters for the secure dial-up data connection needs of remote users.
"We're trying to provide ubiquitous access back to the office from all over Australia," Putt said.
While Putt concedes the remote access and VPN technology is nothing new to enterprise users, he believes OzEmail is one of the first to offer a full-scale outsourced VPN service.