[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
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
ng center at the
seat of the NEM Group on Malta. At ISPBusiness, the company is presenting
its new ASP concept and is using its PRIMEPOWER-UNIX servers, Intel-based
PRIMERGY servers, and the notebooks of the LIFEBOOK product line to show a
portion of its corresponding hardware portfolio.
At ISPBusiness, IBM is showing how it uses technological standards and
special service offers to support the applications that are critical to the
business of service providers. IBM’s ISP Parablue is to be presented as an
acceptable platform for a highly scalable ISP architecture. In the
framework of the Hosting Advantage Program, infrastructure providers can
test their computer centers for ASP capability and get them certified. All
those who set up and manage their IT server systems by themselves yet want
to house their infrastructure in a secure environment can spend their money
in the e-business Hosting Center which has just been opened in Frankfurt in
the framework of Co-Location Services. Through the ASP Prime Program, for
example, it is possible to make contacts to software producers who can make
their application fit for ASP. IBM already cooperates with 15,000 ISVs,
ASPs, and ISPs worldwide.
In addition to the trade fair, the conference consisting of around 40
presentations is offering market analysis and trend prognosis on ISP