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Exodus, Alteon Partner to Provide Peak Performance

Web hosting giant Exodus Communications Inc. Wednesday teamed up with Alteon WebSystems Inc. in a worldwide agreement to deliver enhanced hosting services.

Exodus plans to put Alteon's Web switches to use on its network in a move to maximize the performance of its Web servers and firewalls.

Under the agreement, Exodus will resell Alteon's content-intelligent Gigabit and Fast Ethernet Web switches worldwide.

Ellen Hancock, Exodus chairperson and chief executive officer, said it made the move to prepare for content-rich Web hosting demands from the market.

"We are constantly working to deliver high-performance hosting services to our customers," Hancock said. "Alteon's products and technology play a key and enabling role in helping us maximize the delivery of the next wave of content-rich Web-based services."

The Alteon solutions will be available as part of Exodus' managed service offerings. Exodus will use Alteon Web switches to deliver high-performance end-to-end managed services.

Customers that purchase an Alteon-based solution, like high performance load balancing, will receive Web managed service as delivered by Exodus. As a result of the deal, both Exodus and Alteon will provide direct installation, remote management, onsite sparing and around-the-clock technical support to Exodus' Web hosting clients.

Dominic Orr, Alteon president and chief executive officer said the deal is an extension of its working relationship with Exodus.

"Our agreement with Exodus signals a major shift in the industry toward a new breed of intelligent hosting services and formalizes an already successful working relationship that has resulted in a significant number of satisfied customers," Orr said.

"This relationship is an endorsement of our ability to supply highly intelligent platforms that enable value-added services to be quickly and easily deployed," Orr added.

According to the companies, the agreement was etched in response to customer demand for faster and more content-intelligent services to support the growth of e-commerce services.

Computer.com is an Internet start-up firm that provides "newbies" information and resources about breaking into the online Net community. Exodus hosts the firm's Web site, and it was one of the companies that needed enhanced services to speed up delivery of its popular Web content, due to its relevant domain name.

Jordin Olin, Computer.com chief technology officer said the Alteon, Exodus alliance made its Web life a lot easier because it guarantees its Web destination would be available to users.

"The combined power of Alteon and Exodus in one managed solution simply makes our life easier by ensuring that Computer.com and the services we deliver are always up and always on," Olin said.

"We selected Exodus and Alteon because they could collectively deliver the performance, reliability and massive scalability we needed to serve millions of users each day," Olin added.

Alteon developed the concept of Web switching and as a result, is a leading provider of next-generation Internet infrastructure solutions for e-commerce firms.

The company's Web data center products include Web switches, server adapters and traffic management software, which are optimized to meet the challenges of high-demand Web traffic. It facilitates the delivery of Web content for popular portals like Yahoo!, Buy.com, iWon.com, among others.