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Loudcloud Rolls In the Cache

Managed services provider Loudcloud Inc. (Nasdaq:LDCL) Wednesday (May 30) unveiled its Caching Cloud service, powered by CacheFlow (Nasdaq:CFLO), which allows Loudcloud customers to serve five to ten times more Web content through existing server and network infrastructure.

"Web site performance has become a critical factor for many of our customers as they continue to grow and address new opportunities," said Tim Howes, CTO and president of product operations for Loudcloud. "We are committed to providing our customers with the tools and services they need to maximize site performance."

The Caching Cloud service reduces strain on servers resulting from high traffic and increase in the use of rich media. By offloading user requests from the Web server onto a CacheFlow cIQ Server Accelerator, Loudcloud customers' Web site response times can increase by fifty to eighty percent. It can also help reduce management costs and increase site capacity more cost effectively than by adding Web servers to scale their infrastructure.

"Enterprises and e-businesses are struggling to keep up with the explosion of demand on the Internet," said Brian NeSmith, CEO of CacheFlow. "Combining CacheFlow's technology with Loudcloud's comprehensive services provides a cost-effective, high-value solution to improve Web site response time and scale capacity."

Through Loudcloud's Smart Cloud services, a business can subscribe to services in the form of a 24x7 managed service to procure, install, configure or maintain the hardware and software infrastructure. These Smart Cloud services utilize Loudcloud's Opsware automation technology, which captures and manages via software the thousands of pieces of information, decisions and processes required to deploy, manage and grow an Internet infrastructure.

Loudcloud, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., manages its infrastructure network via a worldwide network of data centers and Network Operations Centers (NOCs) located in North America and Europe.