- Novell and Akamai Technologies have announced a partnership to develop caching appliances and software that delivers Web content faster to users.
Novell will integrate Akamaizer functionality into its Novell's Internet Caching System (Novell ICS) and Content Exchange package, as well as offer Akamai's FreeFlow and FreeFlow Streaming Services. Both companies will offer combined caching/content delivery services to their customers.
Akamai delivers rich, dynamic content over a network of 4,200 servers with its FreeFlow service. Novell ICS communicates with the Akamai network via the Open Cache Interface (OCI) protocol, allowing ICS to store content carried on the Akamai network. As a result, Novell ICS can deliver content faster and more efficiently route that content to end-users.
Akamaizer software automates the process through which embedded URLs are translated into Akamai Resource Locators (ARL). When a request for Web content is made, the process starts and HTML content with embedded ARLs is delivered. The Web browser then automatically requests the Akamaized content and is dynamically directed to the optimal Akamai server. The technology then analyzes Internet conditions to deliver content through the most efficient route.
Novell's ICS is a caching appliance that improves the speed and efficiency with which Internet content is delivered. The product is distributed exclusively through Novell's OEM partners, such as Compaq, Dell and IBM.
The Internet Research Group of Los Altos, Calif., estimates that the caching market will reach nearly $US2.2 billion by 2003.
Novell also has established partnerships with MirrorImage, Alteon WebSystems and Foundry.