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Channel.com Briefs: IBM, WAP, ASIC

Channel.com Briefs: IBM, WAP, ASIC

Big Blue tames the surf

IBM has revealed it will integrate SurfControl's Internet filtering technology into its WebSphere Edge server.

As part of IBM's WebSphere Application Server family designed to provide an open standards-based set of Web development, deployment and management tools, the Edge server will be used to screen users from objectionable content.

Designed for business and education markets, the WebSphere Edge server can be used to restrict access to sites containing offensive material on weapons, hate, drugs/alcohol, pornography, violence and gambling.

SurfControl claims the agreement will see IBM add further content management, customisation, functionality and flexibility without impeding bandwidth or security.

WAP is no roadblock to wireless portal futureDespite a perceived failure of the wireless application protocol (WAP), Australian businesses are keen to deploy wireless access into enterprise portals, according to enterprise portal software vendor Corechange.

A survey of 157 large Australian businesses in January by Corechange showed that around one quarter of organisations would like to deploy wireless access to enterprise portals, but were unable to do so.

Gari Johnson, director of business development for Corechange Asia Pacific, said the problem lies with current WAP devices which are not good at displaying computer applications and have speed issues.

However, the importance of wireless communications to the organisation, according to the survey, is set to double.

Main uses would include access to e-mail (42 per cent), general information (26 per cent), internal corporate applications (23 per cent) and to interact with business partners (9 per cent).

ASIC forces ISP into

voluntary administration

Internet service provider ISP Ltd has gone into voluntary administration after the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) initiated action in the Supreme Court of Western Australia.

ASIC began proceedings against ISP Ltd after the company failed to lodge its half-yearly accounts for the six months ending December 31, 2000, raising concerns about its solvency. ISP Ltd also failed to lodge its quarterly cashflow statement with the Australian Stock Exchange.

According to ASIC, this action is now suspended, pending advice from the administrator of the company, and shares in ISP were suspended on February 28.

The law requires public companies to lodge a half-yearly report with ASIC within 75 days of the end of the half year.


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