March 05, 2001, 11:21 AM — Xcert International Inc. is an independent, public-key infrastructure (PKI) company at a time when many PKI firms are merging with or being absorbed by others. In fact, PKI is so expensive and complicated to implement that it can be hard to sell and deploy, leading many vendors to broaden their offerings through mergers and acquisitions.
But Xcert plans to remain independent. The Walnut Creek, Calif.-based company claims that its PKI tools are easier to use, more scalable and more easily adaptable to Web commerce than those of its rivals. What's more, it says it sees application service providers (ASP) as another major market. Xcert's scalability is proven by the response it's getting from ASPs that may serve thousands of users, says Patrick Richard, the company's founder, director and chief technology officer.
Any ASPs that need to run PKI shouldn't have to look anywhere beyond Xcert [for their PKI needs], says Richard. "We're on our third generation of [Web-enabled] tools," which can scale "an order of magnitude greater" than competitors' products and can be installed in as little as 20 minutes, he claims.