CacheFlow, Alteon Networks Combine To Speed Web
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For Internet Service Providers (ISPs) it leverages existing bandwidth by a factor of four. This, claim the vendors, is twice that of other cache technologies.
"Because the Web is the core of an ISP's business and strategic to enterprises around the world, it is in dire need of improvements in speed and resilience. Combining Alteon Networks' Web cache redirection technology with CacheFlow's Active Caching technology enables ISPs and corporations to make a quantum leap in infrastructure performance, administration and economics," said Kelly Herrell, VP marketing for CacheFlow.
Web caching maintains temporary stores of popular Web pages close to users. Traditionally deployed in "proxy mode" that requires users to point their browsers at the cache, the technique has been adapted in the CacheFlow/Alteon solution to provide transparent caching with no need for browser reconfiguration. Alteon Networks' ACEdirector intercepts Web page requests that are destined for a remote host--and redirects them to a CacheFlow 1000 hardware/software unit.