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Network appliance for integration of electronic marketplace and procurement portal participants Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013406D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

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Disclosed is a network appliance device concept and service solution for integration of electronic marketplace and procurement portal participants. The concept idea is a network appliance device implemented on hardware platform (e.g., Intel) with a base operating system (e.g., Linux, Windows NT)and installed software stack of: VPN-capable firewall (e.g., Checkpoint) to permit encryption of network traffic independent of the protocols used by application(s); web traffic caching software to optimize perceived application response time; network traffic compression software to reduce required bandwidth; transport mechanism with standard set of controls permitting push, pull, batch, etc. based on a messaging or queing product (e.g., IBM MQSeries) to ensure reliable delivery of data and reduced cost of providing hosting service; client software repository, capable of pulling required application client code (for applications implemented in the client/server structure) from the supporting hosting infrastructure to reduce cost and complexity of service. The associated service solution is to distribute network appliance to hosting customers, but perform management and support using centralized serviceinfrastructure. 1