Novell has announced a range of additions to its Border Manager family, which enables companies to restrict access to areas within their Intranets and the Internet.
Border Manager Authentication Service allows users to use Novell Directory Services to manage remote access to the Internet or Intranets. It enables administrators to set up firewalls and access remits from a central location. They can set up rules controlling the areas of the Internet each department or staff member can visit, and log which sites have been visited.
A second new feature, Fast Cache, is used to save specified Web pages on the Border Manager server rather than locally on each PC's hard drive. The facility enables a group of people, such as Web application developers, to access the same page.
Novell is also offering to help build wide area networks based on the Internet for customers, claiming its virtual private network (VPN) will slash the cost of using leased lines to link remote sites by up to 50 per cent.
Novell's VPN will encrypt data that is passed, though the company admits there are concerns about using the Internet in this way, notably concerning performance. The latest additions will be available next month.
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