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Netli Speeds Web Apps

After three years of development, Netli, a Palo Alto, Calif., company has launched a service promising quick response times, high availability, and secure access for enterprise Web applications.

Dubbed NetLightning, the offering uses dispersed data centers, high-performance transport protocol and content optimization software (among other technologies) to cut distance-related delays by reducing the number of trips between the server and end user.

The service is also compatible with SSL, an important security standard. There is no capital investment. Customers may choose to have equipment place on their premises, but it's not necessary.

The privately held, venture-backed Palo Alto, Calif., firm already counts Hewlett-Packard, Nielsen/NetRatings and Millipore as customers.

Netli CEO John Peters, a 25-year telecommunications industry vet, told internetnews.com that HP is a good example of the results NetLightning can produce.

The company operates a portal for about 21,000 software developers worldwide. Those near the data center enjoyed quick interaction with the site, while those farther away, experienced significant lag time.

"(HP) has been using the system since mid-November," Peters said. "Now, complaints have gone away and they get 2 million more hits per month."

Netli's service shares similarities with content delivery and smart routing offerings, although NetLightning's focus is more specific.

"The Internet was not designed to support the performance requirements of mission-critical applications," said George Hamilton of The Yankee Group. Existing Internet performance technologies such as caching, content delivery, and smart routing do not adequately address the performance requirements of dynamic, Web-based applications."

Netli, which has raised $21 million in venture capital in two rounds, is set for cash for another two years, executives said. It currently employs about 40 people, most at its headquarters.