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roaming from HCL InfiNet
InfiNet has launched global Internet roaming services through
its partnership with iPass. iPass global roaming solution
allows the user to access the Internet in over 150 countries
without having to make long distance calls.
With businesses spanning the globe, people have to travel
very often. And they may be in transit from one country to
another all the time. To access personal, business e-mail
accounts, news and other services over the Internet, the user
usually has to make a long distance call to connect to the
ISP. With iPass you can access the Internet through more than
14,000 POPs (Points Of Presence) worldwide.
The logic behind the service is similar to that of a cellular
model where the customer is able to access other cellular
providers when they leave their service area. The iPass service
encrypts user names and passwords with SSL (Secure Socket
Layer) technology as they pass over the Internet. This provides
security for users. iPass has multiple access points in business
centers and operates multiple servers in key geographical
locations. The iPass service is enabled through the iPassConnect
client software. You need to use only one user ID and password
and maintain one account with the ISP.
releases Visual J#.NET beta
has released the beta of Visual J#.NET. It is a development
tool for Java language developers to build applications and
services on the Microsoft .NET Framework.
According to the company, Visual J#.NET provides an easy transition
for Java developers into the world of XML-based Web services.
It can also improve interoperability of Java programs with
existing software written in variety of other programming
languages. It also enables Microsoft Visual J++ customers
and other Java-language programmers to take advantage of existing
investments in skills and code while fully exploiting the
The beta includes technology that enables customers to migrate
Java investments to the .NET Framework. Existing applications
developed with Visual J++ can be easily modified to execute
on the .NET Framework and interoperate with other .NET languages
and applications. It incorporates new .NET functionality like
ASP.NET, ADO.NET and Windows Forms. Developers can use it
to create entirely new .NET applications.
Visual J#.NET provides programming tools support through its
integration with Visual Studio.NET integrated development
environment. It integrates completely with the .NET framework
and takes advantage of its features. The software includes
tools to automatically upgrade and convert existing Visual
J++ 6.0 projects and solutions to the new Visual Studio .NET
format. These tools help ensure that an existing Visual J++
6.0 developer can easily move to Visual J#.NET and produce
.NET applications and components.
gets vendor support
a new standard for networks of storage devices has made its
way out of the prototype stage. Vendors like Cisco, IBM, and
Nishan Systems have iSCSI-enabled some of its products. iSCSI,
joins storage devices and servers with networks built with
the IP (Internet protocol), which is a common protocol, instead
of faster but more expensive and complicated Fiber Channel
Cisco will announce upgrades to its SN 5420 networking product,
which links servers to storage devices using iSCSI. The upgrade
allows the SN 5420 to communicate with tape drives as well
as hard disk systems. Nishan Systems, will introduce a new
top-end switch to join IP and Fiber Channel networks. The
company's product line tops out with an eight-port switch,
but its new product called IPS 4000 will have 16 connections.
Infiniband may set the SAN stage of the future and pull the
carpet from under the feet of the other storage network protocol
wannabes, like Fibre Channel (FC) or even the much hyped iSCSI.
Intel's Infiniband initiative is a high speed interconnect
that replaces the PCI bus on the motherboard, and it allows
for the scaling of compute elements by clustering CPU, memory,
and I/O in a meshed fabric environment.
Jack Cuthbert, Brocade's vice president, worldwide sales,
marketing and support, said that Infiniband will do for servers
what FC does for storage. "It's like the virtualization
of compute power," he said. The potential here is that
FC switches that support Infiniband will allow servers to
be clustered using the same high speed FC fabric. "End
users will be able to use the SAN to manage both storage and
servers. This will take transaction traffic off the normal
LAN," he said.
The catch is that whether you are taking about FC or SCSI,
they are all basically I/O protocols as well. Thus, if the
compute element's fabric can link with the fabric that manages
data storage and access, it potentially creates an architecture
that will be massively scalable. This could be one reason
why major storage switch vendors like Brocade place determined
attention on Infiniband. And it is unlikely that they are
doing so to simply try to get into the server clustering market.
However, for the time being, Infiniband is just another protocol
that storage switches may have on their support list.
In the absence of well-established ratified protocols and
interoperability standards, building a SAN fabric today is
still a single vendor option. Standards, such as the ANSI
FC-SW2 that defines multi-vendor FC switch interoperability,
do exist, but it is still only on a transport level, said
Michael Le, senior director of marketing for Dot Hill Asia
Pacific, an FC RAID system specialist. "The standards
allow for traffic interoperability, but you still can't manage
across multi-vendor switches," said Le.
Prashant Dholakia, senior vice president of availability
products for Veritas, said that there is much progress in
bandwidth but little in interoperability as vendors largely
support configurations with their own products only. However,
he said that several new startups are working on such products
that support multi-protocols.
multiple protocols has already started to happen and is a
key requirement to support the variety of installations currently
deployed," said Dholakia. Thus, creating multi-protocol
storage switches that can be flash-upgraded as standards evolve
is the "hedge bet" route that many vendors are taking.
For example, Nishan's IP-based multi-protocol switches integrate
GbE, MPLS, FC, and SCSI, as well as their own SoIP (storage-over-IP)
technology. This allows users to link both FC and SCSI-based
storage to GbE backbones and eventually across Ethernet-based
MANs and WANs.
These switches will act like any-to-any gateways and offer
a high degree of flexibility in terms of where and how they
can be deployed in a storage architecture.
Using the IP transport layer is, perhaps, the most sought
after and proprietary part of the solution, which includes
protocols that do FC over IP. This is because being able to
move block data over the IP solves the 10 km distance limitation
of FC, allowing SANs to be linked via public or private IP
IP: The Long Run Key
Brocade's latest SilkWorm switch, for example, supports
protocols including, iSCSI, Infiniband, and Fibre Connection
(FICON), which is a FC to mainframe connectivity protocol,
as well as their own FC-IP conversion protocol.
Another protocol with potential is Nishan Systems' SoIP initiative.
One of the protocols that SoIP uses is the Internet FC protocol
(iFCP) for IP-based FC storage networking. A notable endorsement
of Nishan's technology is that it is part of Dell's storage
strategy. Simon Penny, Dell's storage marketing director for
Asia Pacific and China, said that iFCP is an alternative to
lower layer FC.
iFCP, you can use an IP switch to do FC to IP conversion,"
he said. Further, iFCP supports standard HBAs on servers and
FC storage systems. However, most of these native IP-based
FC solutions are still now in the development stage. "Merging
Ethernet and FC technology is not easy but that's the direction
we are moving in," said Penny.
Protocol's like iSCSI will address this by moving storage
over IP natively, but it may be years before the standards
are set and new iSCSI HBAs become available.
David Chin is the editor of Network Magazine-Asian Edition.He
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ISP with NEW Skies Satellites
ISP has entered into an agreement with New Skies Satellites,
the global satellite communications company for IPsys satellite-delivered
access to the Internet backbone. The contract was signed between
New Skies and Data Access, which is the company that offers
NOW service in India. Through the alliance Data Access will
lease bandwidth on New Skies' NSS-703 satellite to provide
NOW ISP customers seamless connectivity to the Internet.
The deal adds an additional 48 Mbps to NOW's existing capacity
and allows for additional routes for traffic management on
the NOW-Gate multi-homing platform. IPsys will create a direct
connection from the Internet backbone to an ISP's local service
point using a high-speed DVB (Digital Video Broadcast) or
SCPC (Single Channel Per Carrier)/Frame Relay connections.
NOW will operate both modes of transport for its IP data traffic,
SCPC/Frame Relay and DVB.
Multi-homing satellite links will enable ISP's to offer customers
one-hop connections from the global Internet backbone, thus
reducing latency, or delays, and IP packet loss. The IPsys
service makes use of direct peering with Tier 1 Internet backbone
providers for more direct and robust connections.
Microsystems increases market share
Microsystems, with a 42 percent market share in Unix servers,
was the only vendor to show a four percent growth in its market
share in the second quarter of this year. All of Sun's competitors-IBM,
Compaq, Dell and HP-showed a decline from the first quarter
2001 to second quarter 2001.
According to IDC Q2CY01 Server Tracker report, Sun's total
server shipments including all operating systems increased
by 5.5 percent from Q1 to Q2 which is more than any other
server vendor featured in the top five. Sun continues to be
the leader in the Unix server space for the seventeenth consecutive
Sun maintained its number one position with US $ 362 million
and 39 percent market share in revenue, while gaining one
point in market share at 64 percent in shipments. With 76,675
units sold, Sun workstation shipments outpace HP and IBM (ranking
two and three respectively) by a margin of five to one.
and Fujitsu partners in Asia-Pacific
solutions limited has announced partnership with Fujitsu Systems
Business Ltd of Thailand to launch a range of financial solutions
for financial services customers in Thailand and Asia-Pacific.
Fujitsu, who provides IT hardware, software solutions and
services for the financial services industry, and supplies
ATM (Automated Teller Machines) worldwide, will now offer
i-flex's FLEXCUBE series. FLEXCUBE is a banking solution that
supports delivery of integrated services and information across
Associates has announced that it will dissolve its PGP Security
division. NAI said it will look for a buyer for its PGP desktop
encryption and Gauntlet firewall product lines.
PGP VPN, PGPfire for corporate users and the PGP E-Business
Server will be branded and sold as McAfee products, the company
said. The CyberCop vulnerability assessment tool will continue
to be available as a stand-alone product. This technology
will also be integrated into the Sniffer product line.
The company will continue to maintain and support PGP desktop
encryption and the Gauntlet product lines until it finds a
buyer for these technologies. Network Associates said it expects
the moves to save $50 million over the next year.