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RealNetworks Licenses Digital Media Works to Compaq

In one of the many licensing agreements involving its popular digital media delivery system, Seattle's RealNetworks Inc. Tuesday agreed to offer its RealSystem iQ solution across Compaq Computer Corp.'s server and corresponding platforms.

Specifically, Houston's Compaq will extend RealSystem iQ, a network media delivery system capable of airing anything from lo-fi audio to hi-fi video, on its ProLiant server and AlphaServer system platforms. Compaq feels the integration will enable the enterprises who purchase its servers save money, as businesses will be able to distribute corporate communications, product marketing and vis-à-vis Web conferencing.

The pact is multi-year, and RealNetworks and Compaq will market and sell digital media delivery solutions together. Financial arrangements were not disclosed.

"By combining our high performance systems, such as the AlphaServer system running Tru64 UNIX, and RealNetworks' RealSystem iQ, we will provide our enterprise and telecom customers with an outstanding, quick-to-deploy solution for the delivery of rich media content," said Don Jenkins, vice president of Product and Solutions Marketing for Compaq's High Performance Systems Division.

RealSystem iQ solutions for Compaq server platforms are now available on Tru64 UNIX, Linux, Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 2000 operating systems.

Interestingly, Compaq last month inked a deal with long-tme RealNetworks rival Akamai Technologies Inc., both of which wage content delivery network battles against one another. In that deal, Compaq's Global Services unit said it would resell EdgeSuite, Cambridge, Mass.'s Akamai's flagship service that enables the assembly and delivery of an enterprise's data and applications via Akamai's global network. That agreement also found that Akamai would designate Compaq as a preferred vendor of servers for its content delivery network.