Uunet UK has announced a dial-up Internet access service that gives corporates tools to manage remote users.
Called Multi-Dial, it was designed to meet the specific needs of large organisations by allowing them to reap the benefits of an Internet based virtual private network without any of the problems associated with managing a roaming work force.
Part of Worldcom, the company commissioned research to find out what IT managers wanted from dial-up Internet access. Their ultimate desire was to have a flexible and cost effective solution which allows secure access to corporate networks via the Internet.
Before that can be achieved, the company would have to standardise dial-up Internet access and put some end user control and policies in place. Steve Groves, business manager at Uunet UK, said: ?Virtual private networks will be the standard way of doing business. Until then, companies need to move in a controlled, step by step way. Multi-Dial provides that foundation.?
As more organisations have large numbers of people working remotely, such as sales staff and consultants, access to the company network and the Internet is essential but has to be less fragmented.
With Multi-Dial, network managers, finance departments and other decision makers control and manage Internet provision for large numbers of remote users. It provides network managers with online administration and management of end users through a secure management interface. To use Multi-Dial a company must connect a minimum of 50 users at #8 per user.
It can be used alongside Uunet firewall products to provide secure access to the company?s internal network as well as encrypting data end-to-end as it travels over the Internet.
A company?s remote users may also have their own contracts with different ISPs which makes it impossible to monitor their activities as well as the collective cost to the organisation. Uunet said that by standardising on a single, trusted ISP, this removes the management headaches and reduces costs.
With everyone from Nationwide to David Bowie (VNU Newswire, 7 July) setting up ISP services, competition has never been so fierce but Uunet focuses purely on offering its services to businesses.
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