Connectivity Briefs: Unixpace, Cablesolve, Telstra, Cisco

Connectivity Briefs: Unixpace, Cablesolve, Telstra, Cisco

Cablesolve signs up

Network cabling distributor Anixter Australia has announced a new distribution agreement for Cablesolve, a software-based voice and data cabling management system developed by Cormant Technologies. CableSolve is based on the latest portable Pocket PC technology, which provides a portable platform for network infrastructure management and troubleshooting. It provides a means to record all components of a structured cabling system, the equipment connected to the infrastructure, and all of the connections between the equipment. Anixter International is a global distributor of wire, cable, communications and connectivity products.

Unixpac adds Cranite

Sydney-based security specialist Unixpac is to distribute the latest software release from Cranite Systems. The WirelessWall Software Suite 2.0, comprising a policy server and access controller, is aimed at securing large-scale local area networks (LANs). “There are differences between protecting a hard-wired network and a wireless one,” managing director of Unixpac, Tom Piotrowski, said. “VPNs are suitable for Internet connectivity but when it comes to additional encryptions they create a tremendous overhead and have a fairly slow response. WirelessWall speeds up access.” Piotrowski intends to distribute WirelessWall through the existing Unixpac channel of 70 partners across Australia.

Telstra boosts backbone

In an Australian first, Telstra has commercially deployed 10G bps (bits per second) technology, boosting its Internet backbone to meet anticipated broadband demand. The increased use of broadband applications by business customers has increased Internet traffic by 55 per cent in the last 12 months. The telco expected one million broadband customers to be using its network by the end of 2005. Currently, 250,000 customers use it.

Cards to get smaller

PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association), the group behind PC Cards, is working on a new specific­ation for smaller, faster and cheaper expansion cards. The specification is slated for release later this year, with the first products supporting it expected in the second half of 2004. Code-named Newcard, the expansion card is designed for desktop and mobile computers so users can buy one card and use it in both systems. For notebooks in particular, the smaller card will allow sleeker computer designs, PCMCIA said. Backers include PCMCIA members Dell, HP, Microsoft, Lexar Media and Intel. Also working on the new specification are the USB (Universal Serial Bus) Implementers Forum and the PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group.)

Cisco offers technology share

Cisco has launched a free-of-charge new licensing and testing program to allow makers of 802.11 wireless LAN clients to make products support security features offered in its wireless networks. New security capabilities will initially be integrated into client adapters and eventually into mobile devices. Cisco has developed a CCX specification and expects partners to contribute to this in future. Initial partners of the Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) program include Intel, IBM and wireless silicon vendor Atheros Communications.

WLAN market grows in Q4

The worldwide wireless LAN (WLAN) market continued to grow in the fourth quarter of 2002, according to a report from Infonetics Research. However, lead analyst Richard Webb said growth had not been as explosive as expected because of concerns about security and network control delaying enterprise adoption. Consumers still made up the bulk of WLAN adopters in Q4 at 50 per cent, down three per cent on Q3 results. Infonetics predicted this market would increase over the next three years and reach $US2.72 billion by 2006.

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