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IBM Shapes the Future of e-business With Advanced Internet Projects

New Standards, Applications and Services Under Way To Leverage Power Of Emerging, High-Speed Networks

SOMERS, N.Y. - 06 Apr 1999: -IBM today announced new Advanced Internet Projects to help customers radically transform the way they do business by leveraging the power of emerging, high-speed networks. With bandwidth 1,000 times faster than today, the future Internet will make possible applications that incorporate video, audio, data and transactions for a more natural, intuitive and effective medium for e-business.

As part of these projects, IBM will focus on developing advanced technologies and applications that take advantage of bandwidth-rich networks. These projects are the newest in a broad range of Advanced Internet Projects in which IBM is involved to help shape the future of advanced networking and e-business.

"The Internet of tomorrow isn't just about bigger, faster pipes, it's about what you are able to do because of that increased bandwidth," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, general manager of IBM's Internet Division. "IBM's goal is to help customers exploit the full potential of e-business by delivering business applications and services that take full advantage of this era of emerging, high-speed networks."

Highlights of today's announcement include:

International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) Today, IBM with Northwestern University and other partners, launched the first global project for creating advanced Internet applications. Located at the crossroads of the world's most advanced high-performance networks, the International Center for Advanced Internet Research (iCAIR) enables collaboration among researchers around the world. iCAIR will leverage advanced research projects to rapidly deploy breakthrough, interactive applications with enterprise customers such as global multi-party videoconferencing to virtual reality-enabled manufacturing and design, collaborative engineering and full-screen, interactive distance learning.

IBM advanced technologies and expertise will play a key role in the projects iCAIR is undertaking including digital video networks, collaboration tools and ways to improve network performance so that the commercial Internet will soon be able support new media-rich applications. IBM facilities in Schaumberg, IL will be home to part of the iCAIR center. IBM also is providing a dedicated staff for iCAIR's Northwestern University location.

European Advanced Internet Applications Center
IBM announced that it will establish a European Advanced Internet Application Center in the Netherlands in partnership with the Telematics Institute and SURFnet. Expected to be operational in the second half of 1999, this center will extend IBM's technologic innovation and expertise to European customers who are ready to deploy advanced Internet technologies, include videostreaming, collaboration tools and learning spaces. This center also will focus on ways to maximize distributed storage technology to enhance network performance. With this center, IBM supports the GigaPort project of the Dutch Government to develop one of the world's most advanced communication networks.

Ongoing Advanced Internet Projects
On a global scale, IBM is involved in a number of Advanced Internet Projects to ensure that the future Internet can be fully leveraged for e-business. These projects include work on emerging technologies, standards and public policy issues. Some of these include:

Advanced Internet Research
In addition to independent work in IBM's worldwide research labs, IBM plays a leading role in many industry initiatives including:

Advance Internet Standards
With the emergence of high-speed networks, new standards are needed to ensure reliable, high-quality and secure delivery of Internet services. IBM is leading the development of these standards on several fronts. IBM serves as co-chair on both the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working group for Differentiated Services (DiffServ) and the IETF working group for Policy Management. IBM also is active in related work in the Desktop Management Task Force (DMTF) and chairs the Internet Architecture Board (IAB). These efforts are in addition to IBM's Internet standards work in other areas such as Java, XML, P3P, PKI and LDAP.

Advanced Internet Policy
In order for companies to fully exploit the power of the future Internet for e-business, governments need to ensure that the free market prevails. IBM is involved in several public policy initiatives to ensure that the Internet continues to grow for the benefit of commerce and society. IBM chairs the Global Internet Project (http://www.gip.org), a group of 13 senior executives from companies around the world educating key decision-makers about the nature of the Internet to help them make informed public policy decisions. The members of the Global Internet Project are meeting in Washington, DC, on April 19, when they plan to announce a number of new initiatives and policy statements. IBM also is a member of the recently-created Global Business Dialogue on E-commerce (http://www.gpde.org), which brings together 24 CEOs from companies around the world to help governments properly address e-commerce issues as the Internet evolves.

Contact(s) information

Trink Guarino
IBM
914-766-1067
guarino@us.ibm.com

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