Network Solutions Briefs: Sun, VPN Boom, Foundry

Network Solutions Briefs: Sun, VPN Boom, Foundry

Sun set to make wireless push with new strategySun Microsystems will soon detail the company's wireless strategy, which will focus on Java, iPlanet wireless software, and other products, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.

According to sources, the core of Sun's wireless strategy will be made up of a combination of Java-based technology, iPlanet wireless software and Sun's Wireless Network Access Server which provides wireless handheld computer connectivity to Unix hosts.

Announced at the beginning of the year, iPlanet's Wireless Server software allows wireless carriers and Internet businesses to meld Internet and wireless communication and supports both WAP and HDML.

Sun's Wireless Network Access Server has the capability of integrating a number of wireless protocols into the Unix operating system as standard terminal types.

Analyst predicts VPN services boom

In a boost for local virtual private network (VPN) integrators, research group Forrester has released a study into VPNs, predicting implementation and interoperability issues will "send enterprises scurrying for a managed service offering".

The report claims that VPN solutions are still plagued with problems such as broken extranet functionality, due to interoperability issues with vendor offerings. Similarly, the technology remains too complex and expensive, making it a difficult option for most companies.

The report also suggests that, in a growing market, the increasing popularity of managed solutions will cause a shake up of a market overburdened with highly complex offerings. In order to remain afloat, it predicts that carriers must expand their VPN solutions and that mono-carrier VPNs will be eliminated.

Foundry Q3 results are up

The report card for Web-switching manufacturer Foundry Networks has arrived and the company appears to be happy with its results, contrasting a raft of networking vendors failing to achieve expectations.

The company posted $113.2 million for Q3 compared to $88 million for the second quarter, and $38.9 million this time last year.

The results see Foundry post a Net revenue for nine months, ending September 2000, of $272 million compared to $78.4 million for the same period in 1999.

Foundry's big performer was its NetIron Internet routers, which more than doubled in income, representing 9 per cent of the company's revenues.

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