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Trade Fair for ISPs and ASPs in Frankfurt on Main, Germany

[Berlin, GERMANY] The ISPBusiness 2000 trade fair opened its doors yesterday in Frankfurt, Germany. Halls 4.1 and 4.2 on the Frankfurt Trade Fair grounds, where the 2-day trade fair with an accompanying convention is taking place, were completely booked up. Over 5,000 ISPs, ASPs, and other interested parties have already pre-registered via Internet as professional visitors. The diverse convention program has received special attention.

In addition to German firms, there are many international companies being represented, particularly from Great Britain, Israel, and the USA. Products and services are being displayed from the areas of network management and design, network providing, e-commerce/e-business, IP telephony, billing, and security. The firms that are taking part in the trade fair include first:telecom, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, IBM, Intel, KPNQwest, Lotus Development, PSINet, Telia International Carrier, Tedas, Unisys, and UUNet Germany.

Apptime Technologies AG, a provider of high-availability, failover, and performance clustering software, has been involved in the development of these products since 1992. The product that the company is displaying in Frankfurt, the APPTIME Watchdog Service Cluster, is a platform-independent, high-availability standard application which offers modern functions and which can be integrated easily into existing applications.

BreezeCOM is presenting BreezeACCESS II in Frankfurt, which is a new family of wireless access products of carrier quality. BreezeACCESS II is designed for operation in the 2.4 GHz ISM band and it offers characteristics that, until now, were reserved for licensed carriers-for example, high system availability, simple network management, and easy installation. Starting now, service providers operating in the 2.4 GHz license-free band can use the same technologies developed by BreezeCom as carriers in the 2.5 MMDS and 3.5 GHz frequencies which do require a license. BreezeACCESS II supports IP services such as VLAN, integrated DHCP, multiple service options, and speech service quality using the 802.1p standard. Improvements in the area of practical application include an eightfold increase in output performance.

Caldera Systems is presenting the open beta version of their Linux management solution, Volution. The newest release manages the networked systems in any given Linux distribution. The solution is a browser and directory-based management product for Linux systems using LDAP directories. Through application of the solution, network administrators can manage any number of Linux systems in accordance with specific principles and profiles, without having to deal with each system individually. Volution has considerable advantages for ASPs, ISPs, hosting enterprises, system integrators, network administrators-that is, anyone who has to manage several Linux servers and work stations.

"ePost" is an Internet communication portal initiated at the end of June by the federal German postal service, the Deutsche Post. The Deutsche Post received support for this project from the firm Critical Path. At ePost.de, Internet users can take advantage of a free account for sending and receiving e-mails on the basis of Critical Path's mail server solution. Fujitsu Siemens Computers is convinced of the future of the ASP model and therefore presents itself as a pioneer on the European ASP market. The company is a founding member of the German ASP consortium, and in Unterschleissheim by Munich it runs an ASP technology forum in cooperation with Microsoft and partners from the Siemens company association. Independent software vendors (ISVs) can use this forum to design Web-enabled applications and test demo variations. To make use of the ASP potential in the Near East, northern Africa, and the Mediterranean region, Fujitsu Siemens Computers has opened an ASP demonstration and traini