Connectivity Briefs: Virtual Communities, Cisco, Channelworx

Connectivity Briefs: Virtual Communities, Cisco, Channelworx

Virtual buys AustarMetro

Virtual Communities has purchased Austar's metropolitan Internet business, AustarMetro, for an undisclosed sum, picking up more than 21,000 customers in the process. Virtual Communities executive chairman Ravi Bhatia said AustarMetro staff will be offered positions on the Virtual Communities team. He said there would be no change or interruption to the ISP service or customers as a result of the transfer of ownership. This is Virtual Communities second purchase for the year. It also bought Exodus Communications' Melbourne-based Web hosting facility GlobalCenter for $4 million.

Cisco gets productive

Among the raft of new products Cisco Systems announced last week were a new processor for its 7200 series of routers, additional software support for its 7300 series, and a trio of new domain management applications. The new processor, the Network Processing Engine G1, has double the processing power of previous models and boasts performance of up to 1 million packets per second. The 7300 range has also been beefed up by the addition of MPLS, MPLS VPNs and Network Address Translation enhancements. The three new domain managers are additions to Cisco's OSS suite and provide element and service-level management, monitoring and accounting functions.

The channel works

Channelworx has been awarded "Australian partner of the year" by its networking vendor partner NetScreen. NetScreen awards 12 of its 50 distribution partners on an annual basis, according to Kent Kwok, NetScreen's regional sales director for South Asia. Kwok praised Channelworx for its penetration in the Australian telecommunications market. "We have co-existed very nicely with NetScreen," said Channelworx director Scott Lidgett. "We opened up a lot of opportunities for them and managed to get their products in some key accounts."

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