Connectivity Briefs: Council, IBM, WatchGuard

Connectivity Briefs: Council, IBM, WatchGuard

Council adopts broadband

A city council in Western Australia is boasting the implementation of Australia's biggest computer-based, wide-area network telephone system. The telecommunications system implemented by the City of Melville works over its computer network and links outlying sites using fibre optics. It caters for more than 300 users including 10 remote sites and provides high-speed broadband Internet access at five libraries. The council claims the system, provided by Marconi Australia and Cisco Systems, has reduced costs by eliminating 60 individual telephone connections. It has also introduced live video links to reduce regional travel by staff.

IBM details networking chip

IBM introduced a new entry in its PowerPC networking chip line that will include Gigabit Ethernet support backed up with hardware assistance for fast TCP/IP processing at the Embedded Processor Forum in the US. The IBM PowerPC 440GX takes off where the PowerPC 440GP introduced earlier this year leaves off, according to IBM. The 440GX can support up to four 10/100Mbps Ethernet interfaces or two 10/100/1000Mbps connections. The 440GX can be configured to perform a variety of roles in several kinds of end products, such as SAN devices, network interfaces in servers and small-office Internet gateways.

WatchGuard releases Vclass

WatchGuard Technologies has entered the larger and distributed enterprise gigabit firewall market with the release of its Firebox Vclass line of appliances. The Firebox Vclass includes the V100, V80, V60 and V10 appliances, which are specifically designed to address the performance and flexibility needs of a wide range of customers running large distributed networks and data centre environments, according to WatchGuard. Offering a performance range of 10,000-20,000 IPSec VPN tunnels and 75-600 megabit firewall throughput, the Vclass appliances are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2002.

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