(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2003/0191799 Al
Araujo et al. (43) Pub. Date: Oct. 9,2003
(54) APPARATUS AND ACCOMPANYING
METHODS FOR PROVIDING, THROUGH A
CENTRALIZED SERVER SITE, A SECURE,
INTEGRATED VIRTUAL OFFICE
ENVIRONMENT REMOTELY ACCESSIBLE
THROUGH A NETWORK-CONNECTED WEB
(75) Inventors: Kenneth S. Araujo, Somerset, NJ
(US); Reginald P. Best, Somerset, NJ
(US); Christopher P. Douglas,
Matawan, NJ (US); Devin J.
Heitmueler, Neptune City, NJ (US);
Siuling C. Zhang, Stony Brook, NY
MICHAELSON AND WALLACE
PARKWAY 109 OFFICE CENTER
328 NEWMAN SPRINGS RD
P O BOX 8489
RED BANK, NJ 07701
(73) Assignee: Netilla Networks, Inc.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/808,404
(22) Filed: Mar. 14, 2001
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/189,251, filed on Mar. 14, 2000.
(51) Int. CI.7 G06F 15/16
(52) U.S. CI 709/203; 709/219
Apparatus and accompanying methods for use therein for implementing an integrated, virtual office user environment, through an office server(s), through which a remotely stationed user can access typical office network-based applications, including e-mail, file sharing and hosted thin-client programs, through a remotely located network, e.g., WAN, connected web browser. Specifically, a front end, namely a service enablement platform (SEP), to one or more office servers on a LAN is connected to both the WAN and LAN and acts both as a bridge between the user and his(her) office applications and as a protocol translator to enable bi-directional, web-based, real-time communication to occur between the browser and each such application. The SEP translates user input originating from the browser into application-specific protocols and applies a result to a corresponding office application server.