TV Guide/Comcast Joint Venture Gets NAC
By Paul Korzeniowski
Contributing Editor, Dark Reading Visiting executives to GuideWorks, a joint venture between Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. and Comcast, needed Internet access to check their email and keep up with the latest communications from their co-workers back home as well as suppliers and customers while they were on-site. “You need to wait until you get back to the hotel,” was the standard reply from Gregg Reiser, network architect at GuideWorks.
But that refrain got old fast, so GuideWorks, which writes the software that provides set-top boxes with interactive features, began searching for a way to provide visiting users secure access to its network and the Internet. GuideWorks has a distributed business model, with a few hundred full-time employees and a bevy of contractors, some of whom travel from office to office. The corporation’s business functions are handled in Radnor, Penn. Much of its programming is done in Englewood, Colo., and a group of contracting professionals in Portland, Ore., also pitches in.
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