File Transfers--Year of the Internet?
Case in point: WAM!NET.
"Our commitment to marrying WAM!NET with the Internet will blend WAM!NET's reliability with the Internet's ubiquity," reports Ed Driscoll, CEO and president of the digital file delivery giant—also branching out into digital asset retention avenues with its WAM!BASE effort.
"We believe the decision isn't between WAM!NET and the Internet, or between public or private, reliable or ubiquitous networks," he continues. "Customers want the best of both worlds for less money and less hassle than maintaining multiple, standalone networking solutions, which is precisely why you will see WAM!NET introducing several Internet-based products in the coming months."
What is the end goal?
"To provide a one-pipe solution that allows customers to choose the path that gives them the best performance at the best price for each networking event," Driscoll contends. WAM!NET's 1998 track record illustrates Driscoll's Internet points.
* WAM!NET purchased 4-Sight and integrated 4-Sight's ISDN dial-up into WAM!NET's product mix.
* WAM!NET announced its plan to marry the Internet into WAM!NET's product mix. Since then, WAM!NET has teamed up with several major customers to pilot its Internet products, provide performance feedback and deliver proof of concept.
"We are currently finalizing rollout plans to deliver those products to market," Driscoll reports. "With the introduction of our Internet product line, WAM!NET will provide a full spectrum of connectivity options that address virtually 100 percent of the market: our NAD-based service for networked point-to-point performance, high-speed ISDN dial-up, and ubiquitous Internet connectivity."
Delivering the Goods
So, the trick is to be all things to all people—all of the time?
"Bottom line: Digital connectivity is not a one-size-fits-all proposition," Driscoll emphasizes. "Anyone promoting a single type of technology or touting one pipe over another is totally missing the point."
Moral of the story?
The big winner in the connectivity race will not be a technological solution, according to WAM!NET's Driscoll, who confidently promises: "The big winner will be a solution that translates all this technology into a simple, affordable service that connects everyone in the industry—enabling all to collaborate at a competitive price and performance level."