Friday, October 8, 2004

AMD, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Drive New Management Web Services Spec

AMD, Dell, Intel, Microsoft and Sun published a new a Web services specification aimed at helping enterprises address the cost and complexity of IT management by providing a common way for systems to access and exchange management information across their entire IT systems.

The new Web Services Management (WS-Management) specification, which was originally known as WMX, enables managers to remotely access devices on their networks. Microsoft plans to support WS-Management in the next release of Microsoft Windows Server and the next release of Microsoft Operations Manager. Intel plans to support WS-Management in its platform building blocks and will announce specific plans at a future date.

France Telecom and Nokia Announce a Strategic Partnership

France Telecom and Nokia signed a memorandum of understanding for the joint development of new rich media solutions on mobile terminals encompassing rich media hardware, services, applications and contents by using various standards technologies such as non-proprietary end-to-end access enablers, Nokia's terminal software platforms, and the Symbian OS. The main aim of the partnership is to design, develop and deploy products and services to solve the problem of remote-access to content stored at home, with maximum end to end security, identification, and authentication guarantees. http://www.francetelecom.com
  • In recent months, France Telecom has announced several strategic partnerships with leading systems companies, including with Alcatel for the joint definition and implementation of a Next Generation Network Architecture (NGN/IMS) towards a converged fixed/Internet/mobile network.; with Ericsson, in order to jointly develop IP Multimedia Services for the consumer market; with Marconi's Wireless Business Unit focused in RF mobile technologies; with Motorola, for Seamless Mobility Solutions; and with Siemens, to jointly develop a New Generation Network Architecture for mobile/fixed networks.

EarthLink Selects Xten's VoIP SIP Softphones

EarthLink has licensed co-branded versions of Xten's X-PRO and X-Lite softphones for use with its new Earthlink Free Online Calling service. softphones are fully RFC3261 (SIP), RTP/RTCP (RFC 1889) and SDP (RFC 3264) compliant. They are available for Windows (Windows 98SE/ME/NT 4/2000/XP/CE), Mac OS X and Pocket PC operating systems. Financial terms were not disclosed. http://www.xten.com
  • Earlier this month, EarthLink began offering free SIP-based calling to its 1.2 million broadband access members. The service uses an Xten's X-Lite softphone or an ATA (Analog Telephone Adapter). It provides unlimited, high-quality calls to other SIP users, voicemail accessible via email and other features. In addition, EarthLink has partnered with other SIP providers to exchange calls. These partnerships give EarthLink Free Online Calling subscribers free VoIP access to anyone using SIP-based services, including SIPphone and Free World Dialup. Last year, EarthLink began offering a paid "Unlimited Voice" service, providing subscribers with a flat-rate, broadband telephony service that can reach wireless or traditional land-based telephones.

Auspice and Cox Sign Site License Agreement

Cox Communications has purchased Auspice's TLX Real-Time Systems Integration and Operations Automation Platform to develop and deploy network operations automation solutions for its broadband services. Cox Communications' Network Planning, Engineering and Operations Group plans to use the TLX platform to develop and deploy operations automation solutions -- such as HFC plant monitoring, network surveillance and network performance and availability testing -- for VoIP, high speed Internet access and digital video services.

Tut Systems Offers 4 Million Shares at $2.25

Tut Systems announced the public offering of 4,000,000 shares of its common stock, all of which are being sold by the Company, at a price of $2.25 per share. The company has granted the underwriters the right to purchase up to an additional 600,000 shares at the public offering price.