Akamai, CacheFlow Form Alliance

WASHINGTON (03/28/2000) - Akamai Technologies Inc. has formed an alliance with CacheFlow Inc. to provide Web sites with another way to use Akamai's services as well as its network of servers designed to place content closer to Internet users, the company announced today.

Akamai and CacheFlow will integrate Akamai software into CacheFlow hardware devices enabling the devices to automatically tag objects and rename URLs (uniform resource locators) contained within a site's content for the most efficient delivery of distributed information, Chris Turner, director of channel sales and programs at Akamai, said today in a phone interview.

"We're not using CacheFlow hardware to improve the performance of our network, but teaming with CacheFlow so that the 'Akamaization' process can now take place from their cache appliances," Turner said.

The CacheFlow device, based on an operating system designed especially for accelerating content delivery, will sit between Web servers and Akamai's distributed network of over 2,000 servers and will field the site's Web requests. The Akamai software integrated into the device uses algorithms to make decisions about the best server from which to deliver content, Turner said.

Currently, Akamai offers customers two different software-based methods for enabling their sites' interactions with the Akamai network.

The CacheFlow device with integrated Akamai software will be available in the second quarter of this year, Turner said. The alliance agreement also calls for CacheFlow to resell Akamai's service with its caching appliances.

In a separate announcement also made today, Akamai said it has entered into a relationship with Interwoven Inc., a provider of Web content management software. The two companies will work together to integrate Akamai software into Interwoven's products so that a site built using Interwoven will have the built-in ability to deliver content from the Akamai network.

Akamai, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, can be reached at http://www.akamai.com/.

CacheFlow, in Sunnyvale, California, can be reached at +1-408-220-2200, or at http://www.cacheflow.com/. Interwoven, in Sunnyvale, California, can be reached at +1-408-774-2000, or at http://www.interwoven.com/.

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