Networking: News

  • Gigabit products get top billing

    Nearly five months after the Gigabit Ethernet standard was approved, high-speed 1Gbps switching products took centre stage at the Networld/Interop '98 conference in Atlanta. Gigabit Ethernet sales are expected to soar from $US19.8 million last year to roughly $1.36 billion in 2001, according to Dataquest.

  • Microsoft plots the demise of Novell's NDS

    In an unusual twist, Microsoft is plotting to beat Novell's popular directory technology - by joining it. To do so, Microsoft engineers are working on a one-way directory synchronisation product that will let Microsoft's Active Directory Service work with Novell Directory Services (NDS) to manage users across NT and NetWare servers.

  • LAN Systems offers incentive

    Now this is value-added distribution. LAN Systems will send its most successful resellers to California via New Orleans, where they will attend exclusive executive briefings with key Silicon Valley executives. Dealers will receive points for every product purchased from LAN Systems from October 1, 1998 and running through to March 31, 1999. The 15 resellers who collect the most points earn the trip.

  • Cisco moves to contain router bug

    A bug in Cisco Systems networking software can potentially give hackers passwords for access to a network's routers. The bug is present in "the majority of Cisco's traditional router products", though not most of its LAN or WAN products, said John Bashinski, a customer engineer with Cisco's product security incident response team.

  • Cabletron to secure last Spectrum reseller

    Cabletron signed its final Spectrum reseller agreement with Anixter, the last of eight planned by the company, last week. Anixter will join other Spectrum resellers, Full Spectrum, Anite Australia, Anite New Zealand, Compaq, Scitec, Martin Communications and EDS.

  • Service levels set to rise with raft of new products

    A wave of service-level management (SLM) products broke during last week's NetWorld+Interop conference in Atlanta, promising to do everything from spy on WAN traffic to scrutinise application performance. Compuware launched EcoScope 3.7. EcoScope is the performance reporting component of the EcoSystems suite, and Version 3.7 adds support for fully switched networks; greater granularity in application service-level reporting; and integration with Tivoli Systems' Tivoli Plus management module.

  • Nortel bolsters Accelar switches

    Nortel Networks last week rolled out software for its Layer 3 switches that could enable users to avoid network downtime. As part of a broader strategy announcement focused on unifying voice, data and video networks, Nortel unveiled Version 1.3 of its Accelar switch software at NetWorld+Interop '98 here.

  • Intel buys Shiva for $US185 million

    In a move that confirms its long-stated intention of competing broadly across the networking industry, Intel has announced it will acquire remote-access pioneer Shiva. The buyout will bring Intel into the remote-access and virtual private network (VPN) markets with a bang and will give it a foothold in voice-over-IP equipment with products to be announced shortly by Shiva. It will also deliver Shiva's large customer base of small and midsize enterprises to a company that has made that segment its first target for networking.

  • Cisco certifies BCA

    Australian systems integrator Business Computers of Australia (BCA) has followed the signing of its recent deal with Kinnears by announcing that Cisco has awarded it accredited Cisco Silver Certified Partner status. This follows a decision earlier this year by Cisco to appoint several of BCA's systems engineers as Cisco Certified International Experts.

  • Network Associates combine antivirus packages

    Network Associates this week will unveil a grand plan to integrate its antivirus offerings. By the end of this month, the vendor intends to ship corporate desktop software called VirusScan 4.0 Enterprise Edition. The new software will combine Dr. Solomon's virus-detection and cleaning technology with McAfee's hostile applet detection.

  • Recall seeks channel partners for data backup service

    Recognising a void in the wide area network (WAN) data backup market, Australian-owned Recall Total Information Management recently propelled its new electronic data backup service onto the network management scene. Recall Online is aimed at large organisations in need of an industrially robust system and is said to deliver a totally automatic WAN data backup solution with centralised management ability.

  • Alcatel buys Packet Engines

    Alcatel Alsthom last week took a firm step into IP (Internet protocol) networking and the North American market, agreeing to acquire routing-switch maker Packet Engines.

  • Intel tackles VPN with Shiva buy

    Intel on Monday announced it will buy Shiva, a maker of remote access and virtual private network products for small-and-medium sized businesses, for approximately $US185 million. Intel does not plan any immediate changes to Shiva's product line, though eventually it will be integrated into Intel's own networking product line, according to officials

  • Linux gets NDS boost

    Novell officials last week revealed the company is plotting to port its directory services technology to Linux, giving the suddenly hot Unix variant yet another surge of momentum. The company is building a version of Novell Directory Services (NDS) for Linux with Caldera Systems, a firm started four years ago by none other than Novell founder Ray Noorda.

  • New idea could help filter content

    In this age of viruses and sexual harassment lawsuits, content-filtering software plays a crucial protective role. But just try to get it to work with your firewall or gateway. Getting it to do so could soon become much easier. A proposed set of APIs would let virus checkers and Web-filtering software run on any gateway or firewall supporting the Common Content Inspection API (CCIA).

  • 3M expands into fibre-optic networking

    In an attempt to deliver a more affordable end-to-end fibre-optic cabling solution for LANs, 3M last week launched its new Volition fibre-optic cable system. 3M officials claim Volition will provide organisations interested in delivering Internet and multimedia capabilities to desktop users with a durable cable system at only half the cost of existing fibre products.

  • Fore Systems targets Com Tech

    Rising from virtual oblivion in Australia a year ago, Fore Systems is now making a play to bring on board Australia's largest and most powerful network integrators. "I want Com Tech and I want it tomorrow," said new Fore Systems general manager Grant Morrison who is also looking to target Anixter, Compaq's network integration division and NCR.

  • Two faces for the firewall

    Network Associates (NAI) is poised to drop a bombshell on the normally staid firewall-security market with the release of a new kind of firewall technology, called Adaptive Proxy, at NetWorld+Interop in Atlanta next week. NAI intends to remove the necessity of choosing between stateful-inspection firewalls and proxy firewalls with Adaptive Proxy, which can be configured to support either method.

  • Cabletron to target the wide area

    Cabletron will unveil hardware and software this week at NetWorld+Interop to jump-start its drive into the fast-growing WAN market. The company will play off the two products it has been touting most highly this year by announcing WAN interfaces for its SmartSwitch router and demonstrating a policy-based router control application for its Spectrum network management platform.