British Telecom has introduced the first in a planned range of corporate intranet (internal Internet) products, in its drive to become a one-stop-shop for companies wishing to build and manage their own intranet services.
In partnership with Microsoft and Digital Equipment Corporation, BT is offering two supported packages: a Web server; and a security package which features firewall provisions to ensure the secure exchange of information within an organisation.
BT has provided bespoke intranets in the past, but this is its first venture into off the shelf products.
While it recognises that the British market for intranets is relatively small, research indicates that the world-wide market for Internet products and services will mushroom to $43bn by 1999, of which $28bn will be taken up by the intranet market.
`This agreement marks the first real step to introduce complete global intranet services to our corporate customers,’ said Rupert Gavin, BT’s director of Internet and multimedia services.
The new products will be marketed in the UK by BT and will be available world-wide using Digital’s services organisation.