Boundless Joins ASP Industry Consortium

Boundless Technologies Inc. (Hauppauge, N.Y.) announced it has joined a number of other technology companies to form the Application Service Provider Industry Consortium, an international advocacy group to foster greater understanding of and guidelines for the application service provider (ASP) market, according to published reports.

Boundless's Appliances Products Group will have the responsibility of developing low-cost, easy-to-use and high-performing Internet access devices suited for ASPs and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the emerging application outsourcing and application rental markets.

"We are planning to develop a leading role in the Internet appliance market and feel that our 30 years experience in providing customized access-based solutions allows us to offer products and services that enable low-cost Internet access and will develop customer satisfaction and loyalty," says Chad Gibbons, manager of the Boundless Appliance Products Group.

Other companies coming together to form the ASP Industry Consortium are: AT&T, AristaSoft Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Citrix Systems Inc., Compaq Computer Corp., Cylex Systems Inc., Ernst & Young LLP, Exodus Communications Inc., FutureLink Corp., CTE, Great Plains Software, IBM, JAWS Technologies Inc., Miramba Inc., Onyx Software Corp., SaskTel, Sharp Electronics Corp., Sun Microsystems Inc., Telecomputing, UUNET, Verio Inc. and Wyse Technology.

According to International Data Corp. (Framingham, Mass.) the high-end ASP market is expected to grow 91 percent over the next four years, reaching $2 billion in sales by 2003. IDC also reports that by 2002, worldwide shipments of non-PC devices for Internet access will grow by 75.6 percent, compounded annually.

--L. Greenemeier