A CDE Definition
(Network Communications Services Interface) Also called "nixie," it is a protocol used to handle serial port communications on a network. NCSI applications talk to the NCSI driver rather than directly to the COM port, which allows redirection of the data to a communications server on the network. See NASI.
(1) (NetWare Asynchronous Service Interface) A protocol from Novell for connecting to modems in a communications server. It was derived from the NCSI protocol. NASI provides more advanced features than the common int 14 (interrupt 14) method. It allows a specific modem or line to be chosen. It frees the call more quickly, and it transfers data more efficiently.
(2) (National Association of Systems Integrators, Falmouth, MA, www.nasi.us) An organization founded in 1991 that maintains and sells computer industry mailing lists. For example, in 2004, for the advertised price of USD $7,995, NASI offered a contact list of 40,000 system integrators and VARs.
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