Connectivity Briefs: NetScreen

NetScreen sets sights on medium enterprise

Network security vendor, NetScreen Technologies, has announced a corporate-wide initiative to expand its focus on medium enterprises. By focusing on this market, the company claims it can introduce a channel-centric model built around VARs and distributors. This would include new channel programs, the company said. Programs will incorporate sales training and presentation, updated technical training on new medium enterprise-focused solutions and a medium enterprise business centre on the company’s website. The announcement corresponded with the launch of the company’s new baseline entry-level product options in the NetScreen Firewall/VPN product line. The series offers a line of solutions targeted towards medium enterprises and remote offices.

Tech companies support ultrawideband

The wireless technology called ultrawideband (UWB) got a boost last week at the Intel Developer Forum when UWB proponents revamped one industry group and launched another. The Multi-Band OFDM Alliance, a looseknit collection of more than 70 UWB silicon, software, network and consumer electronics vendors, reconstituted itself formally as a special interest group. The group will set out governance bylaws and procedures, especially around the use of intellectual property for the multi-band orthogonal frequency division multiplexing technology that its members are backing for UWB networking. The group will publish a specification in May, and members will start building products. One specification user will be the newly-formed Wireless USB Promoter Group — which includes Agere Systems, HP, Intel, Microsoft, NEC and others — all with a stake in converting today’s widely used USB PC interface into a 480Mbps wireless connection based on UWB. First products are due in early 2005.