Despite being overshadowed by the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, companies like AT&T and WorldCom released new products during the abbreviated NetWorld+Interop show in Atlanta on Wednesday.
The two companies billed their new IP virtual private network services as a way for enterprises to enact better prioritisation over such networks.
But one of networking's biggest trade shows cancelled several events, and sponsored a non-denominational prayer service on Wednesday in observance of the devastation and loss of life.
Meanwhile, market research firm Gartner scheduled public conference calls on disaster recovery, security and business continuity planning. The firm also said that its library of research would be available to all at no charge.
Technology companies are also providing relief to businesses affected by the tragedy. AccessLine Communications, for example, is offering emergency telephone numbers to businesses in New York and Washington that have been evacuated or closed.
United Messaging, a provider of hosted email services, said it will offer free email accounts to businesses and their employees affected by the attack.
Database giant Oracle expects to release fiscal first-quarter earnings tomorrow as planned. "We have to stay on the job," said chief executive Larry Ellison. "We cannot let these terrorists shut us down. Not the US and not Oracle."
US airline flights diverted after Tuesday's attacks were authorised to finish their journeys on Wednesday but all other planes remain grounded. The reopened airports will have several new security procedures in place, according to transportation secretary Norman Mineta.
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