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CAT Goes Streaming with Digital Pipe

CAT Technology Inc. Thursday decided to cater to the streaming media needs of enterprises by partnering with intranet-based streaming media specialist Digital Pipe Inc.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

A managed services provider, CAT will meld its complete Internet operations offering with Digital Pipe's intranet content delivery network (iCDN) solution, offering customers content delivery services as part of its always-on network monitoring and management package.

Los Gatos, Calif.-based CAT Technology provides a single point of contact for businesses' Web system needs, including network design, system deployment and 24x7 managed services. As the self-described equivalent of an outsourced IT department, it helps companies to focus on their own core functions rather than the difficulties of operating a network.

More product-specific but no less tapped for business, Foster City, Calif.-based Digital Pipe builds intranet content delivery networks and manages them from afar. The outfit's bread and butter lies in helping its clients communicate and learn via scalable streaming video and other rich media applications from clients' networks, albeit cost-effectively.

Chris Wallace, president and chief executive officer at Digital Pipe, said the partnership will ensure quality network design and security for its iCDN, as well as provide more exposure of its intranet-based technology.

CAT Technology President and CEO Larry Lenhart, said he chose to ink the deal because many of his company's clients were demanding rich media content for their communications strategy.

"The bottom line is that this is a partnership that truly benefits the customer," Lenhart said.