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Sep 30, 2000, 15:11 (0 Talkback[s])
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By Linda Leung, VNU Net

The Networld + Interop trade show in Atlanta opened its doors to 50,000 delegates this week who saw the launch of a host of products to improve the speed and performance of the internet. Intel fleshed out its Netstructure range of network devices with the 1520 Cache for T1 environments. It supports up to 15Mbps of data throughput and includes Inktomi's Traffic Server Engine.

Network service providers can use the product to build caching hierarchies which Intel claims enable individual cache appliances to work together as an intelligent caching network to offload servers and move content closer to end users.

Also launched was the Netstructure 7185 Ecommerce Director, which combines security acceleration with content-aware traffic management to improve the speed of secure SSL transactions. It provides active Layer 7 session recovery and enables automatic detection of HTTP 400, 500 and 600 errors. A 7145 version provides Layer 4 traffic management.

Improving content delivery is also the goal of Digital Fountain, which is competing with caching vendors such as Akamai and Inktomi with a product that helps protect against network loss and congestion.

While caching suppliers have focused on moving content to the edge of the network, Digital Fountain has developed algorithms that convert the content so that it can be delivered to millions of users simultaneously, without significantly increasing server load, claimed the company.

The algorithm encodes the content into meta form which is sent as a continuous stream of data. This means that if a portion is lost, the content can always be reunited when the missing portion is resent.

Digital Fountain is suitable for any media-based content that requires high bandwidth.

UK-based Link Guard has begun an ambitious project of mapping the web using its link management technology. Link Guard's service is aimed at websites that provide links to third-party sites. It checks sites for broken links and automatically sends alerts and updates if the links are out of date or no longer work.

The company provides the service free of charge to users that provide their URL. A Pro version, available for $50, also checks Java script and secure SSL pages.

Timpanogas Research Group (TRG), which was set up by a group of former senior Novell engineers, demonstrated its Novell Netware-compatible clustered file system on a Linux cluster server.

Called the M-Squared Clustered Netware File System, the product is the first clustered and symmetric multiprocessing implementation of the native Netware file system running on Linux. It provides distributed mirroring and fully striped and distributed file system volumes across a cluster of Linux servers.

The company is also developing Manos, an open source Netware-compatible operating system for the Linux environment which is due for release in the second half of next year. TRG is also working on a range of directory services and desktop management tools for Manos. The product will be aimed as an open source alternative to Netware.

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