Unisys, Nortel develop VPN
Unisys and Nortel Networks announced they have developed a VPN offering called Secure VPN, targeted at financial institutions, governments and businesses that want to conduct secure business over the Internet. Secure VPN will combine Nortel's line of Contivity VPN switches with Unisys' consulting services business. Contivity switches provide the standard array of VPN features, including IP Security, and firewall and network address translation security. The Contivity client supports Windows 95, 98, 2000 and NT 4.0 or higher. The service, available now in the US, varies in price depending on the configuration, but can run from $US50,000 to millions of dollars, Unisys says.
Cisco ramps up VoIP
Cisco Systems launched seven new IP (Internet Protocol) telephony products for businesses last week, based around its Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data (AVVID) network infrastructure.
As part of its aim to create a global VoIP (voice-over IP) network, Cisco announced three software products aimed at increasing personal productivity. A development suite called the E-Service Application Engine lets developers create applications aimed at specific business needs. For customer service in small call centres within an enterprise, Cisco launched the IP Integrated Contact Distribution (IP-ICD). Cisco also introduced its Survivable Remote Site (SRS) Telephony application. SRS ensures against WAN (wide area network) failure by auto-configuring Cisco multi-service routers to provide call-processing backup for IP phones in branch offices. On the hardware side, Cisco launched the Catalyst 4224 Voice Gateway Switch platform, an integrated Ethernet switching, IP routing and voice gateway device targeted at small branch offices with up to 24 users, Cisco said in a statement.
RosettaNet pleads for XML convergence
Industry consortium RosettaNet is calling for some convergence of the various XML standards. RosettaNet has come up with a conceptual model showing where different XML standards - such as VoiceXML and ebXML (e-business XML) - fit and perhaps overlap, in an effort to identify areas where convergence could take place, the group announced last week. RosettaNet has more than 400 members, including Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Intel and Hewlett-Packard. In its attempt to clarify the XML landscape, RosettaNet issued its paper, "XML Standards Components and Convergence: A RosettaNet Perspective," on its Web site: www.rosettanet.org.