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CREN Alliances

Collaborations and partnerships with other organizations enable CREN to work effectively on issues vital to our higher education members, from establishing certificate authority services to providing tutoring software and effective course management systems.

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop and device markets. The Opera browser has received international recognition from end-users and the industry press for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Get Opera!

Blackboard Inc. is the developer of Level 1 Course Manager software, a powerful and easy-to-use tool suite that allows instructors to build and manage virtual classrooms -- without programming HTML. Level 1 Course Manager is offered to CREN members during promotional periods at a significant discount. Blackboard customers include more than 150 leading institutions such as Arizona State University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Maricopa Community College, the University of Tennessee, and The College of William and Mary.

Chrysalis-ITS®, a leading hardware security module (HSM) vendor for protecting PKI root keys, is offering a 30% rebate for CREN members purchasing a Luna® CA3 system. Luna® CA3 supports all major computing platforms, is integrated with major PKI vendors such as Entrust, iPlanet, RSA, Baltimore, Computer Associates and Certicom, and is the HSM of choice for VeriSign, the leading PKI service provider, and its worldwide affiliates. Chrysalis-ITS

nCipher , makes Internet security products which use cryptography to protect critical points of risk across the enterprise. The integration of nCipher’s award-winning encryption-based hardware security products into an overarching e-security infrastructure allows organizations to protect electronic assets and intellectual property, as well as ensure the integrity and privacy of customer information.

Compaq, the world leader in personal computer sales, partners with leading technology providers to develop and distribute the education solutions that educators need for teaching, learning and managing the business of education. They provided CREN with a new NT server for support of CREN initiatives.

The Sextant Group, is a consulting firm specializing in digital media systems and architectural acoustics. Our services include strategic technology planning and programming, systems design and engineering, acoustic design, and project management. The Sextant Group

Linktivity, a division of SpartaCom Technologies Inc., which provides server-based conferencing and collaboration products that enable person-to-person interactions through a browser window. Linktivity products include WebDemo, a Web-based, real-time conferencing-and-collaboration software tool, and WebInteractive, a real-time software application that gives support professionals an efficient way to manage and resolve online support and sales requirements for personal computers. For more information please visit Linktivity

Microsoft is committed to helping colleges and universities build 21st Century Campuses in the Connected Learning Community by continuing to provide them with rich technology tools. CREN is also working closely with them to support other higher ed. groups such as the TLT Group. Microsoft will be providing software to help support future CREN initiatives.

AdobeSystems Incorporated builds award winning software solutions for Network Publishing, including Web, print, video, wireless and broadband applications. Its graphic design, imaging, dynamic media and authoring tools enable customers to create, manage and deliver visually-rich, reliable content.

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