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IBM, Inktomi Tout Enhanced Content Delivery

Hoping to catch the attention of businesses that want to offer powerful content delivery technologies such as video-on-demand (VoD) to remote offices, Inktomi and IBM Monday expanded their enterprise-serving partnership.

Whereas the Foster City, Calif.-based Inktomi and Armonk, N.Y.'s IBM were previously known for their bundling of Big Blue's Websphere Portal Server with Inktomi's enterprise search technology, now the two will provide enterprise content delivery network (eCDN) technology to global concerns seeking increased employee productivity while lowering costs. One way to do this, most analysts agree, is to use video-on-demand to hold training sessions or conference calls.

But more than that, this expanded partnership will help the enterprise mind other business applications that require copious amounts of bandwidth, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), content management, enterprise portal.

Specifically, enterprises and service providers can use Inktomi software running on IBM's eServer xSeries systems to stave off network congestion without buying more bandwidth and router upgrades. IBM Global Services has also begun reselling Inktomi software products including Inktomi Enterprise Search and Inktomi content networking software.

Like many streaming media providers, such as Seattle's RealNetworks, IBM is banking on the notion that streaming media will gain ground in the push to create value-added communications services beyond e-mail. Dick Anderson, general manager of IBM's Digital Media Group, said the agreement was part and parcel of the tech giant's push to partner with major software providers to create a "deeper, more comprehensive digital media technology platform and architecture."

Enterprise content delivery network technologies include caching, content delivery, publishing and management technologies, which are used to distribute both rich media and large static files within company networks. In fact, research firms such as Gartner believes that some 80 percent of Global 2000 businesses will have implemented private content delivery networks by 2006.

Inktomi content networking software brands Traffic Edge, Traffic Core, Traffic Controller and Content Delivery Suite operate on IBM's eServer xSeries line to provide business application and Internet acceleration. and enterprise e-learning solutions to customers.