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Inktomi Launches Professional Services, Shopping Engine

Inktomi Corp. Tuesday debuted its Professional Services unit aimed at ISPs building global large-scale Internet services.

In addition, Inktomi also announced a variety of Internet companies have adopted Inktomi Shopping Engine, its online shopping platform . The company said 15 portals and more than 300 e-tailers have signed with Inktomi to employ the commerce service.

Inktomi's Professional Services program will be available to Inktomi customers and through resellers will offer training support, proof-of-concept consulting, and short and long-term consulting packages. Consultants from Inktomi will provide onsite help to customers to streamline operations, manage sustained growth, and develop new offerings.

Inktomi said new Traffic Server clients include Cable & Wireless USA, Concentric Networks, Exodus Communications, Telefonica in Spain, and Telepac in Portugal. The company's channel partner program now includes more than 20 partners in 12 countries.

Traffic Server is a carrier-class network cache which embeds programmable intelligence into the network, providing a platform for ISPs, backbone companies, and hosting providers. Traffic Server 2.0 also supports streaming media caching, advanced features for Web hosting, and support for other Internet protocols.

"AOL has been rated A+ by Inverse Network Technology for Web downloads, the highest rating available, and Inktomi's Traffic Server, which handles more than 2.5 billion Web requests per day, is a key part of our Web service," said Joe Barrett, America Online's vice president of Internet operations.

"Inktomi's technology and onsite consulting experience has helped us to scale our service to unprecedented sizes while delivering high-quality performance to AOL members."

Slated to launch next quarter, the Inktomi Shopping Engine will enable online shoppers with fast search access to more than a million products on the Web. The Shopping Engine offers a platform for portals and destination sites to deliver end-to-end shopping services, such as product and price comparison shopping, feature comparisons and research, and expert recommendations.

Over 300 e-tailers plan to use the Inktomi Shopping Engine, in a database of one million products. The engine has 14 categories, including apparel and jewelry, books and magazines, computer/video games, computer hardware and software, consumer electronics, flowers, cards, gifts, home and garden, movies and videos, music, office supplies, sporting goods and toys and games.

Participating sites includes Infoseek, GO Network, CNET and NBC's Snap, CNNfn, Delphi Forums, FamilyEducation Network, Fox Sports Online, FreeShop, GeoCities, iSleuth.com, LookSmart, PeopleWeb, Softnet's ISP Channel, TV Guide Online, W3 Networks, and ZDNet.

"Commerce revenue streams have become a strategic requirement for portals and destination sites," said David Peterschmidt, Inktomi's chief executive officer.

"By providing the heavy machinery to help users compare and purchase millions of products across the Web, we're enabling our partners to concentrate on building customer relationships and unique content," Peterschmidt said.