Bay Networks has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Remote Access Server software suite, Release 5.1, including what it claims is an industry-first hardware-based compression feature.
The compression support is designed to reduce telecom charges for enterprise end users and to make more efficient use of backhaul lines for carriers, officials said. Release 5.1 of Remote Access Server lets Bay customers transmit compressed files from Windows 95 and NT platforms using Microsoft's Point-to-Point Compression (MPPC).
Enhanced security features include support for embedded RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service), which can protect sensitive data by restricting network access according to addresses, hosts, ports or routes.
The suite also supports the Multilink Multi-chassis Point-to-Point Protocol, to increase available bandwidth for ISDN users while easing the administration of dial-in users.
The software suite is compatible with Bay's 5000 MSX-based Model 5399 and stand-alone Model 8000 remote access concentrators, as well as its Remote Annex product line.