Corporate Internet access provider Xara Networks and email software company ElectricMail have joined forces to launch what they claim is the UK's first Intranet access service.
According to officials, the service is designed to connect a company?s remote sites and users to a central data and messaging system, while at the same time giving controlled access to the public Internet without insecure Internet traffic having to touch the central site. The two companies have already built the 4 Mb/s local-dial private ATM Intranet backbone and expect the service to be available after beta testing in December of this year.
Neil Corduroy, sales and marketing director at Xara, said: ?This service is designed for companies who have departments scattered over the country - car dealers for example - and who need access to a central corporate site. If their site or database is hosted on an open network like the Internet, it?s not secure. It is on a private backbone though.?
Users of the service connect using a nationwide local-call number unique to each customer organisation. These calls are routed to a number of dial-up routers housed in Telehouse Europe, home of the LINX and heart of the UK Internet. Customers purchase the number of ports necessary to support their anticipated maximum number of concurrent users.
The service validates, authenticates and authorises each user?s connection and filters it according to that user?s access privileges. Depending on their privileges, users will then be able to access either corporate resources or the Internet using any TCP/IP compliant application including web browsers, email, groupware and SQL database access tools.
Xara Networks will market the new service under the brand name Radial while ElectricMail - creators of the popular Eudora email software - will be branded as Siena.
Xara Networks will provide core routing, telco provision and physical hosting of the service within its secure suite at Telehouse Europe in London Docklands while ElectricMail is developing state-of-the-art servers that will provide the service with user authentication, management, logging and control features.
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