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Akamai, McAfee.com Help Conquer "Love" Virus

Akamai Technologies Inc., a provider of distributed content, streaming media and applications delivery, and McAfee.com, an ASP of on-line PC security and management services, Monday announced they jointly helped to resolve issues resulting from the "I Love You" virus.

Through the use of the Akamai (AKAM) FreeFlow service, McAfee.com (MCAF) handled record-breaking traffic to its site, which includes critical information, updates and downloadable protection files, for the virus.

McAfee.com uses FreeFlow for the delivery of more than half of its on-line virus protection applications and its rich web content. During the first 24 hours after the virus struck last Thursday, the site began receiving massive amounts of traffic from those in search of protection. Using FreeFlow, the site supported 4.6 million. McAfee.com's virus signature files, which contain protection from the virus, were also heavily accessed. More than 500,000 downloads of virus protection software files were delivered the first day.

"The combination of Akamai's service with our highly scalable architecture allowed us to handle the unprecedented spikes in traffic that amounted to more than five times the normal average," said Doug Cavit, vice president of information technology, McAfee.com.

"We were able to plan for the changes in capacity and bandwidth necessary for the remaining days in which the virus was still present, allowing us to continue to bring our customers top-notch service," Cavit added.