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Inktomi Introduces Traffic Server 3.0

Inktomi Corp. Monday unveiled the latest version of its carrier-class network cache platform, Traffic Server 3.0.

In addition, the company said it has teamed with six new software providers, who announced support for the platform.

Inktomi Traffic Server 3.0, slated for availability later this quarter, is designed to deliver both the scalability with the industry's first open cache platform and robust Application Programming Interfaces for delivering value-added services within the network infrastructure.

In addition to providing the usual offerings of faster information access and lower bandwidth costs, Traffic Server 3.0 and Inktomi's platform partners plan to enable a range of strategic new services to Internet providers so that their customers will be able to generate loyalty and additional revenue.

New services include advanced media streaming, distributed Web hosting and content distribution, interactive applications and software-on-demand, content filtering, and content transformation for Internet devices such as set-top boxes and Web phones.

"In the same way that telephone companies have added revenue-generating services like voice mail, call forwarding, and three-way calling, Internet access and hosting providers can now differentiate with advanced IP services on the Traffic Server platform," said HTRC Group analyst Greg Howard.

Traffic Server 3.0 also has extended platform support to two new operating systems, Intel Architecture Windows NT and FreeBSD.

The new Traffic Server is also designed with flexible and high-performance APIs that allow third-party software application developers and Inktomi customers to access these data flows and easily integrate the functionality of their products on the same computers as the caching application.

Inktomi's new alliances with six Internet software providers to deliver services on the Traffic Server platform include Arepa, Network Computer, Inc., NetPartners, Sandpiper, Spyglass, and WebSpective.

"The Inktomi team continues to drive innovation in network caching technology, including performance, scalability, support for new protocols and data types, and now new services based on the Traffic Server platform," said Dennis McEvoy, vice president of development and support at Inktomi.

"Traffic Server version 3.0 delivers on our strategy to help Internet providers scale up their operations and add differentiated capabilities in a competitive marketplace," McEvoy said.