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Open Market Offers Cost-Effective Caching

Open Market Inc. Thursday rolled out a new product it hopes will lure clients to less expensive caching for personalized Web sites.

Called the Satellite Server, the application lowers the cost of a business' Net content delivery infrastructure and accelerates the performance of its site, which is expected to lead to a significant increase in page views.

Satellite Server quickly composes and delivers personalized Web pages from low cost hardware, distributed from the "head-end" infrastructure. That product breaks pages into "pagelet" components and stores them in the cache. Satellite Server also communicates tightly with the content server to establish user sessions and retrieve personalized information. The result is fast dynamic pages delivered from hosts located close to user access points.

In fact, Open Market's content server and Satellite Server has received praise from Akamai Technologies Inc. , which itself is no stranger the speedy caching of Web pages. Open Market and Akamai are now working to add the integration of the newly-launched Akamaizer tool into Open Market's content management suite.

"As the leader in providing high performance services for the delivery of Internet content, streaming media and applications, Akamai is in full support of Open Market's development of their Satellite Server," said Peter Danzig, vice president of technology at Akamai.

"Open Market's offering is very complementary to Akamai's dynamic delivery of streaming media and Internet content, and our relationship with Open Market will prove to further extend the scalability of Akamai's global network."

Satellite Server is expected to be available in the third quarter.