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Inktomi Inks RealNetworks Deal

In a bid to help reduce bandwidth requirements for clients such as Internet Service Providers and content providers, Inktomi Corp. and RealNetworks, Inc. today said they will team up in a solutions partnership.

The companies' alliance calls for a strategic joint development, marketing and distribution agreement in producing the industry's first streaming media cache solution. The solutions will allow network providers to deliver RealAudio and RealVideo files to users at faster speeds with improved quality and will also decrease network congestion, the firms stated.

Inktomi said the partnership is its first step in its value added services strategy for Inktomi's Traffic Server platform, which is expected to develop new revenue streams and services from its scalable software architecture.

The co-developed Inktomi/RealNetworks solution aims to incorporate the native streaming process of RealNetworks' RealSystem G2, next generation multimedia delivery system, with Inktomi's updated Traffic Server model, which is a scalable and flexible network cache. The two systems will be integrated through the deployment of a set of tightly integrated software plug-in components created by the companies.

According to the companies, the use of multiple geographically distributed servers, real-time streaming, and intelligent on-demand caching instead of batch file copying, allows RealAudio and RealVideo files to move closer to users at minimal network cost with greater security, increased response time and clarity of desktop media. Caching increases accessibility and delivery of popular media clips, and lowers large traffic spikes that result when too many users try to access news or other popular content.

The companies contend that through the solution, ISPs, hosting providers and corporate network managers will be able to increase meeting the demands of user scalability and reliability, along with being able to multiple bandwidth capacity and lowering existing infrastructure costs.

"Caching represents a critical component of the Internet's infrastructure and we are pleased to be working with Inktomi to bring a new class of streaming media performance to our customers," said Len Jordan, senior vice president, Media Systems, RealNetworks, Inc. "The combination of Inktomi's powerful caching platform and our market leading streaming technology is a big win for network infrastructure providers."

"Inktomi's mission is to build out and extend the Internet's infrastructure," said Paul Gauthier, chief technology officer of Inktomi. "Together with RealNetworks, Inktomi is working to change the way that content is delivered on the Internet by embedding intelligence into the fabric of the network."