Venture capital start-up Cast Iron Systems has produced a system to tie a company's remote branches into the enterprise infrastructure, but hide the complexity from users.
Router 1000, Cast Iron's first product, is a hardware-software product that complements standard enterprise application integration (EAI) and application server software.
According to chief executive Fred Meyer, a high level of technical help is needed to support users of current EAI, as the vast bulk of complexity lies outside the central infrastructure.
"This is not EAI in a box. It provides 70 to 80 per cent of the complexity, but the user never sees the hardware, operating system, configuration, log file or management complexity. No local skills are needed," he said.
Peter Abrahams, integration infrastructure practice leader at analyst Bloor Research, told vnunet.com: "I think it's a really interesting idea. It's a different steer to the problem.
"The only issue is whether IT managers can recognise that handling the whole hardware-software stack, rather than just handling workflow across software stacks, is a real problem."
Meyer said his company was targeting a critical but under-served market that requires fast, low-cost implementation and ease of management.
"Users will also benefit from greater visibility out into the enterprise," he said.
The product handles network protocols, access to flat files, online database connections and HTTP.
Standard adaptor technology can be used to develop specific application programming interfaces.
Router 1000 costs about $75,000. The small footprint development-only R250 at $8,000 is due for release this Autumn, followed by the R500 backbone router and the R2000 fully redundant device next year.
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