Andover, Massachusetts-headquartered FTP Software Inc has released details of its plans for the Virtual IP Network, a user-defined, standards-based software system for the implementation, management and security of IP infrastructures. The strategy is centered around the company’s TCP/IP expertise, as well as server-based technology from its acquisition of Firefox Communications (CI No 2,833). It will […]
Andover, Massachusetts-headquartered FTP Software Inc has released details of its plans for the Virtual IP Network, a user-defined, standards-based software system for the implementation, management and security of IP infrastructures. The strategy is centered around the company’s TCP/IP expertise, as well as server-based technology from its acquisition of Firefox Communications (CI No 2,833). It will become FTP’s central focus: the company plans to sell off its other lines of business. It will incur a one-time charge of around $6m to $9m in the third quarter to reflect the costs of these actions. The first product from the strategy is VIP OnNet 32 v2.0, a suite of TCP/IP applications. This is claimed to be the first TCP/IP suite to suppo rt IPv6, WinSock 2.0, IPSECurity standards and Virtual Private Network security standards, for Windows95 and Windows NT 4.0. VIP OnNet32 v2.0 includes support for IPSECurity, which provides point-to-point security based on open standards for authent ication and encryption. It also includes PGP – Pretty Good Privacy – in its mail application, enabling a user to send an encrypted message with a single click of the mouse. OPEN Object Architecture technology is claimed to enable the network to blend transparently with business applications that support Microsoft Corp ActiveX or Object Linking & Embedding. VIP OnNet 32 v2.0 is available now for a single user list price of $450. Other products will follow.
VIP Secure Client will provide a local, remote or desktop client with built-in security and intelligent agent technology for systems management and security. The first release, supporting Windows95 clients, will be available by the end of the year, with support for Windows 3.X and Windows NT clients in the first half of 1997. The VIP Network Applications Suite is designed for terminal emulation, file transfer, file sharing and printing, also available in the first half of 1997. The company wil l also deliver a set of Virtual IP gateways and servers that will enable corporate networks to connect to the Internet and intranets. Based on the NOV*IX family of Firefox products, server-based systems will be offered for NetWare and Windows NT environments and will be compatible with the OnNet suite of applications. Gateway and Server systems for the VIP Network will include VIP Internet Gateway for NetWare, VIP Internet Gateway for Windows NT and VIP Corporate Gateway for NetWare. The VIP N etwork Management Server is a user profile-based desktop management system that the company says will include gateway, proxy and address translation; directory services for user profile controls; user access and firewall management; key and digital certificate management; security gateway services; Java agent management; application and directory gateway services and links to enterprise systems management links. It is due to be available during the first half of 1997. FTP says it will also exploit its intelligent Java-based agent technology to provide a set of desktop management and administration applications that can be deployed across networks, intranets and the Internet. These will include software distribution and deployment, asset and inventory management, network security enablement and monitoring, network address management, collaborative work-group enablement, desktop support services and help desk, and network archive, back-up and virus check management. The release of these will begin by the end of the year.