Network Solutions Briefs: Radiata, Intel, Tivoli, Polycom, Accord

Network Solutions Briefs: Radiata, Intel, Tivoli, Polycom, Accord

Radiata teams for home networking

The smart connected neighbourhood is just around the corner. The home networking semiconductor market, which will enable the distribution of data, voice and video traffic throughout the home - is expected to more than quintuple from $US116 million this year to $669 million by 2004, according to research from Cahners In-Stat Group.

Radiata will team with Sharewave to co-develop the first 802.11a wireless networking products for homes and businesses. Allowing for speeds up to 54Mbps, the specification paves the way for development of an array of multimedia and workgroup applications. Radiata provides an 802.11a chipset, while Sharewave brings its media access control technology.

Intel announces new broadband router

For small offices seeking stronger security, Intel has announced the Express 8205 VPN Broadband Router, a router/VPN combination that supports unlimited users and can establish secure VPN tunnels with 50 other locations. Using Triple-DES IP Security encryption, the router provides VPN throughput up to 1.3Mbps. The Express 8205 will cost $US899. Local pricing and availability was unavailable at press time.

Tivoli Software watches over mainframe IP netsUsers controlling IP resources with S/390 mainframes may be interested in an improved performance management package from Tivoli Systems that monitors application response time, FTP transfers and network performance.

The product, NetView Performance Monitor for TCP/IP (NPM/IP), lets network professionals monitor, identify and reduce IP network resource congestion, minimising downtime and increasing application performance and availability.

Polycom purchases Accord Networks

US-based videoconferencing equipment vendor Polycom recently snapped up Accord Networks, a maker of network hardware for connecting disparate video systems, in a $US339 million deal. Already one of the leaders in the videoconferencing endpoint business, the purchase of Accord will help Polycom expand its reach into the enterprise network and let it offer hardware for connecting systems. Polycom already has a division that manufactures DSL aggregators for service providers and sees Accord's technology as the next step. Accord offers gateways for connecting H.323 (IP), H.320 (ISDN) and ATM-based systems as well as multi-point control units that connect multiple parties into one conference.

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