Clear Net has announced that it will host the New Zealand server for the currently white-hot Internet content delivery firm Akamai.
Akamai operates a growing global network of more than 1200 Internet media servers for clients including Apple Computer, Yahoo!, CNN, Paramount Pictures and Discovery Channel.
In July Apple announced it had invested $US12.5 million in Akamai and chosen it to deliver its QuickTime TV brand worldwide, and Cisco Systems has invested $49 million in the company.
Last month Microsoft came on board, buying about 1% of the Massachusetts-based startup for $US15 million in return for Akamai adding support for Windows software to its products.
Akamai's flagship FreeFlow software currrently runs on Linux, but the company will now develop a Windows version and add support for Windows media technologies. Microsoft' Streaming Media Division will purchase content delivery services from Akamai.
Akamai filed documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission in August indicating plans to go public.
Clear's senior manager of Internet services, Andy Lake, says all New Zealand Internet users will benefit from the local placement of the technology," said Lake, "but Clear Net customers who now have a direct link to the Akamai network will be the big winners."
Clear Net recently installed FreeFlow technology in the Auckland Sky Tower. The move comes in the wake of Clear's purchase of three high-end Web cacheing appliances from the US firm CacheFlow.