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Nokia touts scalability of Unix-based WAP Server

Nokia touts scalability of Unix-based WAP Server

Nokia on Monday announced a new Unix-based version of its WAP Server software, which will allow for thousands rather than hundreds of users to simultaneously access corporate data via wireless devices.

Expected to start shipping in this year's second quarter, it is aimed at major corporations and mobile Internet service providers.

Nokia's Unix-based WAP Server version 1.1 will offer improved performance and scalability, allowing for a larger number of users to access e-mail or other applications residing on corporate networks via mobile devices using WAP (wireless application protocol) mobile devices, the Finnish mobile phone and network equipment maker said in a statement.

The product offers significantly improved performance over the Microsoft Windows NT-based version 1.0 of Nokia's WAP Server, which started shipping late last year. The NT version only allowed for up to 500 users to simultaneously access data, compared to version 1.1's capacity to serve several thousand users, Nokia claimed.

The new version includes a feature for automating access to corporate data and enhanced security with the integrated security pack that adds SSL (secure sockets layer) for accessing servers over the Internet on top of the software's original WTLS (wireless transport layer security) functionality, Nokia said.

It also features a generic WAP e-mail connector that enables access to existing legacy corporate e-mail systems, including version 5.5 of Microsoft's Exchange, Lotus Notes version 4.6, Linux Sendmail, Solaris Sendmail, Netscape Messaging, as well as all POP3 and IMAP4 compliant e-mail servers, Nokia said.

Pricing for the forthcoming WAP Server 1.1 was not available.http://www.nokia.com


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