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CacheFlow Airs Content Delivery Network for Enterprises

CacheFlow Inc. Monday introduced a new content delivery system that enables enterprises to roll out streaming applications onto their intranet infrastructures.

The content networker weighed in at the NetWorld+Interop conference in Las Vegas with the cIQ Starter Kit, which was created for organizations that have four or more remote offices; a company looking for a new way to manage corporate content and deploy the latest multimedia applications across the firm's intranet would be an ideal candidate for cIQ.

As content delivery specialists are becoming more and more aware of the daunting tasks ahead of them in pushing dynamic content across networks, CacheFlow recognizes that the growing masses of intranet content pose threats to a user's quality of experience. Eventually, such infrastructure limitations staunch the deployment of e-learning applications and Webcasts.

What the cIQ kit was sculpted to do, is to allow businesses to manage where and how multimedia and Web content gets populated to the network edge to make sure existing network services are unfettered. CacheFow has described cIQ essentially as a "CDN-in-a-box" that will facilitate employee communications, deliver secure corporate content, as well as help intranets carry on with one of their foundation functions -- helping enterprises reduce travel time and other costs associated with training.

The cIQ Starter Kit includes CacheFlow's cIQ Director, 6000 Series cIQ Edge Accelerators, 600 Series cIQ Edge Accelerators streaming media licenses (either Real or Microsoft), HTTP caching and content delivery and a WebTrends Enterprise Suite.

Peter Firstbrook, research analyst at META Group, said many enterprises are looking to improve their intranets with rich media, but are told to get capable infrastructures to handle streaming media. Something like CacheFlow's cIQ kit, then, is an appropriate tool.

"A centrally managed enterprise content delivery network will be a critical component to enable the efficient delivery of rich content that maximize the end-users' experience, without disrupting other mission critical network traffic," Firstbrook said.

One customer who has beta tested the cIQ attested to its potential. John Hoenemier, director of network engineering at LRN, The Legal Knowledge Co., said enterprises can customize the CDN for their businesses by "adding more appliances at edge locations, integrating the CDN with publishing and storage environments, and applying content filtering rules to users."

The new cIQ kit is available now through CacheFlow and its channel partners; pricing depends on individual needs.

CacheFlow is the latest networking company to release a CDN in a field that consists of numerous players, including Akamai Inc., Digital Island and Inktomi Corp. Storage companies, no doubt driving a related sector, are joining the march for CDN solutions, too. Network Appliance rolled out its first CDN solutions for enterprises in April.