Lotus claims to have made a breakthough in ensuring international business done over the Internet is sound and secure.
Its Notes Public Network team, which is concerned with developing secure ways of sending messages over public networks, demonstrated a series of specifications that ensures messages sent around the globe arrive at locations safely and securely.
The demonstration took place at the latest meeting between members of the Multimedia Services Affiliate Forum, which is made up of telecomm carriers and technology vendors such as Novell, IBM, Deutsche Telekom and AT&T. In the demonstration, Internet messages were sent across four continents and Lotus was able to ensure the messages? mail formatting, attachments and forms-based applications remained clear.
?Currently when using the Internet for messaging, users have no guaranteed level of service beyond that delivered by the initial service provider,? said the company. ?Our demonstration means service providers will be abe to contract a defined end-to-end service level with their corporate customers.?
The definitions outline four minimum specifications: response time for outages, bandwidth capacity, equipment capacity and response time on work orders, such as adding new users.
Electronic mail created by Notes clients and Web browsers was exchanged via Domino servers around the world, over the Internet and over the carriers? private networks. Also, a stored Notes database form, with workflow capabilities, was sent over the Internet and through the service providers? networks.
?This demonstration showed how secure, high fidelity workflow applications can be used for collaboration and commerce over the Internet,? said Lotus. The service levels have been submitted for publication to the MSAF and will be made available in the first quarter of 1997 to other members. Lotus will use the definitions as the basis for replication of Domino databases offered by public service providers.
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