Connectivity Briefs: Internode, Intel, Playford

Connectivity Briefs: Internode, Intel, Playford

Internode gets Easymail

Internode is lobbying Telstra and Communications Minister Richard Alston's office to endorse an ambitious plan by the South Australian ISP to maintain the domain name after Telstra abandons the service in March. Internode hopes to provide e-mail-forwarding services for up to 300,000 Easymail users free of charge. Simon Hackett, Internode's managing director, said Telstra's decision to axe its free Easymail e-mail service will leave thousands of customers stranded without any transition arrangements being offered.

Intel to make iSCSI card

Intel has announced it is manufacturing a SCSI-over-IP (iSCSI) host bus adapter card that one analyst said will go a long way toward building industry-wide momentum behind less expensive and more easily managed storage area networks. The host bus adapter, an I/O adapter that normally rests between the host computer's bus and a fibre channel loop, manages the transfer of information between two channels. During initial tests of the iSCSI adapter card, throughput on a SAN set up by Intel was measured at 300 to 700Mbps, using only 3 to 5 per cent server processor capacity. By comparison, a typical Ethernet adapter with a Pentium III chip uses 100 per cent of a server's CPU capacity. The storage adapter has been released to manufacturing and will be available next month for a suggested list price of $US695, or $3125 for a pack of five, Intel said.

Playford invests

in satellite Net

Technology investment firm Playford Capital has pumped $250,000 into DSpace, a company that claims to have developed a device that exploits latent communication capacity in satellites. DSpace said its appliance will enable boats, cars, emergency teams and remote users, like a geology survey team, to access high-speed Internet bandwidth via a satellite terminal. While satellite access is not new, DSpace claims it can offer network communications 10 times cheaper than current technology.

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