@Home Turns to Silicon Graphics, Inktomi for Caching Solution

Silicon Graphics, Inc. today announced it is collaborating with Inktomi Corp. to assist At Home Corp. with the expansion of the @Home Internet-via-cable network.

Silicon Graphics said its Origin Platform servers will be used to support the deployment of Inktomi’s network caching software on the @Home cable broadband network.

The Silicon Graphics-Inktomi caching combination is aimed at decreasing traffic congestion while speeding data access over the @Home network, even as the company’s subscriber base grows in new markets, the firms said.

In the next few months Silicon Graphics is expected to make a series of announcements regarding new developments in the Internet marketplace. The company said its Origin servers running Inktomi’s Traffic Server will be targeted at Internet Service Providers, Internet content providers, and network backbone companies looking to add bandwidth and speed up network performance.

“Silicon Graphics servers with Inktomi’s caching software will allow us to geographically expand our network while increasing performance and reliability for our customers,” said Milo Medin, senior vice president and chief technology officer of @Home Network.

“Traffic Server running on the Silicon Graphics platform provides a strong solution for carrier-class high-performance caching,” said Paul Gauthier, chief technology officer and co-founder of Inktomi, in a statement. “As @Home expands its national network, our caching software along with Silicon Graphics scalable servers will improve end-user performance.”

Mountain View, CA-based SGI last Thursday announced bigger-than-expected fourth quarter losses, causing its stock to dip 18% the following day. The company is struggling with increased market share competition from rivals such as Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard.

On Monday, SGI announced it teamed up with Oracle Corp. and would form a Strategic Business Unit (SBU) in an effort to create and sell synergistic hardware and software solutions, as well as develop Oracle applications for the Silicon Graphics Origin server.

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