Digital Island, Cisco to launch ASP joint venture

Cisco Systems and content distribution heavyweight Digital Island are working together to develop and market an ASP based on Digital Island's already operating CustomHost service.

Cisco Systems and content distribution heavyweight Digital Island are working together to develop and market an ASP (Application service provider) based on Digital Island's already operating CustomHost service.

"We're trying to build market awareness internationally; this customer hosting with Cisco is part of that," says Lori DeMatteis, a Digital Island spokeswoman.

DeMatteis described the ASP as an outsourced and customised data centre within a data centre. "The service sets itself apart with its cost control because we're guaranteeing all of the prices at the get-go," DeMatteis says.

Cisco will provide the venture with Cisco equipment, as well as network and management services packages, including its 7200 series routers, 6500 and 5500 series Catalyst Switches, LocalDirector, PIX Firewalls and 2500 and 3600 series multi-service modular access routers, Digital Island and Cisco Systems says.

San Jose-based Cisco Systems and San Francisco-based Digital Island have a long history of collaboration. "Our founding team came out of Cisco in 1994," DeMatteis says.

In August, Cisco announced with Digital Island an organisation called Content Alliance that also includes PSINet. The alliance is designed to speed the delivery of Web content by pushing it closer to end users. It also works well alongside the new application-hosting service, DeMatteis says.

Content Alliance is also in direct competition with the Content Bridge alliance launched by Web content management vendor Inktomi and Digital Island, as well as Exodus Communications and America Online.

Cisco, in San Jose, California, can be reached at http://www.cisco.com/. Digital Island, based in San Francisco, can be contacted at http://www.digitalisland.com/.

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