Vendors unite to create XML-based security standard

Twelve Web access management vendors recently announced that they would work together to develop a common industry standard for sharing security information. The group of vendors will work together towards this common goal in the recently-announced OASIS XML-Based Security Services Technical Committee where they plan to discuss existing standard initiatives. The vendors participating in the committee include Baltimore Technologies, Entegrity Solutions, Entrust Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, IBM’s Tivoli Systems, iPlanet E-Commerce Solutions, Oblix, OpenNetwork Technologies, Securant Technologies and TransIndigo.

The goal of the committee is to develop an XML-based standard that allows proprietary Web security systems to seamlessly exchange transaction and session details across multiple sites.

Extreme looks to put Ethernet in the last mile

Extreme Networks Inc. is developing WAN modules for its Alpine metro-area switch, allowing the vendor to straddle the line between traditional and next-generation optical WAN markets, according to the company. The new WAN modules are part of Extreme’s strategy to make Ethernet a standard in last-mile transport for service providers. The technology underlying the modules was developed by Optranet, a broadband equipment start-up that Extreme announced it would acquire. Optranet’s modules include technology for running Ethernet over traditional telco wiring and legacy WAN links.

Extreme plans to ship T-1, DS-3 and very high bit-rate DSL (VDSL) modules for its Alpine MAN switch platform in the second quarter of this year. The VDSL blade is now in customer trials, with the other two modules going to customers in the next two months.

Globalization still slow to take hold in many ‘net businesses

In a report released recently, Jupiter Research Inc. analysts predicted that the on-line market in Asia will be bigger than that in the U.S. in five years or less and that Latin America will double its number of Internet users.

But despite the huge boom expected in on-line users abroad, U.S. companies still aren’t targeting those markets, according to the report.

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