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VeriSign, Keynote Establish Partnership

Mountain View, CA-based Web security firm VeriSign and San Mateo, CA-based Keynote Systems signed an agreement to jointly develop, market and sell infrastructure services to e-commerce sites worldwide.

Effective immediately, a subscription to Keynote's Perspective performance-measurement service will be bundled with VeriSign's newest Web site offerings--Secure Site Plus, Global Site and Global Site Plus--providing customers with a solution for site security and quality-of-service management. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

"The integration of Keynote Perspective with our new Secure Site services provides sites ranging from small businesses to large e-commerce portals with a secure, trusted experience utilizing strong encryption and around-the-clock performance measurement and analysis," said Stratton Sclavos, president and CEO of VeriSign.

Keynote's Perspective service enables customers to profile the end-user experience of downloading content, including graphics and banner ads, from Web sites. The service measures and analyzes how long it takes to access and download Web pages. Perspective also provides daily summary reports by e-mail, as well as an alarm service that notifies subscribers of outages or deteriorations in quality of service.

Customers can evaluate performance metrics for either their own sites or for other sites, allowing an indexed comparison against competitors or other sites in a given industry.

By bundling Perspective with VeriSign's Secure Site Plus, Global Site and Global Site Plus, the two companies said they are providing a range of choices for customers looking to secure and evaluate their intranet, extranet or e-commerce sites. The offerings include either a VeriSign Secure Server ID or 128-bit Global Server ID, which act as electronic credentials to authenticate sites to their visitors and to enable secure, encrypted browser-to-server communications.