AT&T Spruces Up VPN Services

Adding to its current virtual private network (VPN)
offerings, AT&T Tuesday announced new
services targeting enterprise customers.


The Enterprise Class VPN suite combines new IP-enabled frame relay with
secure IP dial and Internet connectivity. Frame relay employs
standards-based Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) to enable
customers to establish Quality of Service (QoS) priorities for traffic. It
works to simplify routing and provides a single, universal port in the
AT&T network, giving customers access via simple, logical connections.


Other features include service level agreements, added security for dial
and dedicated services, including encrypted tunneling, global availability
in 40 countries and the option to have VPN fully managed by AT&T.


The enterprise service is targeted to the intranet, extranet and frame
relay markets, for customers interested in VPN’s flexibility and is
scheduled for availability by the end of March, 1999.


The company is also working to make available encrypted tunneling options
(IPSec) to VPN services to help businesses implement remote LAN access,
intranet and extranet solutions with security features. AT&T expects its
encrypted tunneling feature to be generally available in the second quarter
of 1999.


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