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April 25, 1994

3COM ENHANCES THE REMOTE SERVERS IT PICKED UP WITH THE ACQUISITION OF CENTRUM COMMUNICATIONS

By CBR Staff Writer

3Com Corp, San Jose has not wasted any time in developing the products it took on with its acquisition of Centrum Communications Inc, and has added new internetworking and security enhancements to the AccessBuilder – formerly the CentrumRemote 3000 – family of remote access servers. Among the new additions are enhanced remote access features including dynamic Internet Protocol address assignment and Open Software Foundation Distributed Computing Environment security. The Internet Protocol address assignment allocates a block of IP addresses into a floating pool on the server for use by remote users, while the Distributed Computing Environment security capability emulates a security client and performs the authentificaton with the security server when installed on a network node. Additionally, 3Com has incorporated new automated client software which brings features including Dial Scripting, said to enable users to support third-party front-end security devices and to store scripts for accessing commercial services such as Compuserve. Also included is Chaining, which is claimed to enable remote users to pre-establish the configuration of their working environment before dialling into the corporate network, including mounting designated servers and other shared resources at multiple disparate locations. Pricing for the enhanced AccessBuilder is to start at $3,500 for the four-port Ethernet version, rising to $6,300 for the 16-port models. The four-port Token Ring version is to cost $4,500, with the 16-port version priced at $7,300. The products are available now, says the company.

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