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."