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Exodus Takes $637 Million Stake in Content Distributor

In a move to enhance performance for content-driven Web sites, Exodus Communications, Inc. Wednesday invested $637.5 million in Mirror Image Internet Inc., a provider of content distribution services.

Mirror Image, a subsidiary of Xcelera.com Inc. (XLA), offers distribution of content to Internet service providers, content providers, enterprises, and end-users. It will have its Content Access Point architecture deployed throughout Exodus' network. The two companies will also combine their resources to create instaContent Global Distribution Service, designed to deliver content reliably and securely.

"The combination of Exodus' network, services and Internet Data Centers, and Mirror Image's technology is intended to create the fastest, most scalable and reliable platform for global distribution of Internet content," said Ellen M. Hancock, Exodus president and chief executive officer. "Customers will be able to benefit from a distinctive performance advantage that is not available elsewhere."

Exodus has been investing its capital into a variety of companies recently in an attempt to broaden its services. In February, the company purchased the professional services division of Network-1 Security Solutions Inc. to beef up its security offerings. Also, its Japanese subsidiary, teamed up with Nomura Research Institute Ltd. to amplify its Web hosting services in Japan.