today announced the release of the latest version of its carrier-class
network cache, Traffic Server 2.0, which will feature enhancements including
what the company said is the world’s first streaming media caching.
According to the company, Traffic Server speeds access to the Internet and
expands existing networks’ capacity. Product upgrades include advanced
features for Web hosting, support for Internet protocols, and an average
25% performance increase over the previous version.
Traffic Server 2.0 is now able to deliver streaming media caching,
co-developed with Real Networks. Support
for the soon-to-be-released RealNetworks G2 system cache components are
included, and have been tightly integrated with Traffic Server to
provide distributed caching of multimedia content.
The combined media caching solution is designed to transmit high-bandwidth
content closer to users, as well as improve quality of service and
accelerating the adoption of audio and video on the Internet.
Advanced Web hosting on Traffic Server 2.0 include advanced support for
high-traffic Web hosting providers, allowing them to geographically
distribute content within their hosting networks to enable quicker delivery
and minimize server
overload. Traffic Server now deploys management features necessary in
large-scale content distribution, including cache “pinning” so that key
pages are always in the cache, support for multiple host sites, and logging
support for integration with billing systems.
Traffic Server 2.0 supports a variety of Internet protocols in the same
system in addition to HTTP, FTP, and RTSP. Traffic Server 2.0 also supports:
- Usenet news (NNTP): Traffic Server is the first cache product to
offer transparent caching of NNTP, in cooperation with cache
redirection switch vendors Alteon Networks and Foundry Networks.
NNTP caching reduces a significant source of network traffic,
freeing up bandwidth and server resources for other services.
- Inter Cache Protocol (ICP): Support for ICP allows Traffic Server
to interoperate with other elements in the network, including
legacy caches and new services such as the SkyCache satellite
- Management protocols (SNMP): The SNMP standard further extends the
suite of management
capabilities offered in the Traffic Server product and allows
administrators to manage caches from within existing monitoring
Slated for release in October, Traffic Server 2.0 will be available at no
cost to current customers with upgrade subscriptions. The
media cache option will be sold separately, and is planned for availability
when RealNetworks’ G2 system and cache
components are released.
“Our customers are very interested in technology that enhances the Internet
experience for end users while simultaneously
enabling new revenue streams,” said Dennis McEvoy, vice president of
development and support at Inktomi. “The new Traffic
Server product serves as a flexible infrastructure platform to help
Internet providers build differentiated performance and