BT announced improvements to its managed intranet service last week that will allow users to connect their intranets to legacy data. The Intranet Complete service, jointly developed with Microsoft, MCI and Digital last summer, hosts a company's shared documents and data on a Digital server on BT's network. It uses Microsoft intranet software to provide search facilities, directory services, Email, publishing and browsing capabilities. Improvements include facilities to let users access the service via BT's Switched Multi-Megabit Data Services (SMDS) or Frame Relay. The system also allows users to set up extranets "at the click of a button", according to Wayne Donaldson, BT's intranet product manager. Group permissions can be set to allow secure extranets to be set up so that users can share documents with outside organisations. BT has been the sole provider of SMDS services in the UK since 1993, and has signed up more than 200 customers. These users can now build on that investment with the managed intranet service. Access to legacy information over the BT-managed intranet will be provided by the Amazon Application Server from Intelligent Environments, which offers legacy-to-Web connectivity. Pricing for Intranet Complete is calculated on a per user per year basis - typically #200-#1,200 per user per year range depending on the site, size, bandwidth and number of mailboxes required.
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