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Quick Takes: Dedicated VPN hardware market hits $835 million

Dedicated VPN hardware market hits $835 million, firewall market hits $1.1 billion in 2000

Dedicated VPN hardware revenues totaled $835 million and the firewall market hit $1.1 billion in 2000, according to Infonetics Research's quarterly worldwide market share and forecast service, "VPN and Firewall Products." VPN software revenues alone grew 121% in 2000, totaling $269 million, and over 1 million VPN-enabled routers shipped. VPN and Firewall Products forecasts the market for low-end, high-end, and Gigabit hardware and software firewalls; low-end, mid-range, and high-end VPN appliances; VPN software; and VPN-enabled routers. This service helps companies understand the size of the market, the speed at which it's growing, how it will grow in the future, and who's leading in the various segments of the market. The quarterly service, delivered electronically, provides worldwide market share data and shipment and forecast data divided by North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific, ROW, and worldwide.


Grande Communications selects Alcatel to supply fiber optic cable

Broadband company Grande Communications announced it has signed a three-year deal with optical networking company Alcatel, for the supply of fiber optic cable and interconnection hardware for Grande Communications' broadband network. Over the next three years, Alcatel will allocate 100,000 kilometers of fiber and related interconnection hardware for the construction of Grande Communications' network. Grande Communications also has the option to double the amount of fiber they receive from Alcatel in the second or third year if an accelerated construction timeline creates the demand.



Internet World Wireless 'Best of Show' award winners named

Internet World Magazine has named its "Best of Show" winners for Internet World Wireless 2001. Awards were presented as part of the four-day event in New York City. The winners were judged by a panel of writers and editors from Internet World magazine and The breakdown of categories and winners in each follows:

Business Application: iDini, for Mobile Desktop Enterprise Edition, a product that provides remote access to desktop applications, such as Word and Excel, from a mobile device. Commerce: NeoMedia Technologies, for PaperClick, a pen sized mobile bar code scanner that unites m-commerce with in-store shopping. Communication & Collaboration: Unplugin Inc, for Unplugin, a product that enables access to corporate email from handheld devices. Judges were impressed with its ability to handle common types of file attachments. Entertainment: IdeaRage, for Mall Cop, downloadable games for the Palm PC. Client Services: Applied Digital Solutions, for Digital Angel, a watch-like device that captures GPS mapping info along with body vital signs and transmits them over the Internet to a monitoring station. The judges were fascinated by the potential of this device, particularly for the care of patients suffering from Alzheimer's Disease or mental illness. Client Software: Certicom MovianVPN, for Certicom Movian VPN-- PalmOS and Palm PC software that provides virtual private network connectivity through popular enterprise firewalls. Marketing and Customer Service: Go2 Systems, for Go2Systems, a location-based service that is well suited to provide on the spot marketing messages. Application Tools and Servers: iConverse, for iConverse, a product to help developers target multiple devices, while taking full advantage of strengths of each user interface. Infrastructure: Flarion, for Flarion, a solution for providing broadband access, at DSL speeds, over a wireless connection.

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Aspect's VoIP solution now available worldwide

Aspect Communications, provider of customer relationship portals -- contact servers for managing dynamic customer contact transactions across all wired and wireless communication channels -- today announced the worldwide availability of its software eBusinessIP Remote version 1.0.1. While the voice-over-IP (VoIP) solution has been available in North America since September 2000, this release supports customers in Europe and Asia. The software enables businesses to reduce operational overhead because they can locate agents anywhere and can cut infrastructure and administration costs. All agents, regardless of location, have complete voice and data capabilities to support customers in a multichannel contact center environment.


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