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Enterprise Linux Today: Bascom Global Internet Services: Making the most of the web - with Linux

Aug 11, 2000, 08:56 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Brauer)

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"For years, the Internet was mocked as the World Wide Wait. High-speed access has promised some relief; still, businesses are finding that fat pipe technologies such as DSL might really mean Don't See Lines. Install waits of two months are common, four months is not unheard of, and cancellation happens with regularity. Welcome to the new World Wide Wait...."

"Using Linux-based "thin client" servers, Bascom offers a complete, nearly maintenance-free network package that the company says will improve speed and security for small businesses, no matter what their current (or future) connection. Bascom's IQ2 is a "virtual network administrator" offering efficient routing of multiple connections (dial-up or faster) through caching. The product also includes a firewall, a back-up tool, and the ability to designate acceptable workplace websites. Businesses too small for an IT staff benefit from a simple, limited, web-based maintenance interface; Bascom remotely services the box and upgrades the product via the web each night."

"Bascom was absolutely wonderful," gushes Marc I. Cohen, president of Cohen, Greve & Co., a Minneola, New York-based CPA firm. Cohen is typical of Bascom's clients: the firm has 23 employees--not big enough for an experienced network administrator--and several dial-up connections. After three months, it was apparent Bell Atlantic wasn't exactly busting through walls upgrading the firm to DSL."

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