Kontiki Revs Up Rich Media Delivery Via the Grid

Kontiki Monday said it has developed
new grid delivery technology software for the enterprise and made its software more compatible with desktop products from
Microsoft, including the about-to-be-released Windows Server 2003.

Grid computing is the practice of wielding the
power of several computers to solve a particular problem at the same time
for maximum effectiveness. In a technology take on the “multiple heads are
better than one” theory, many major high-tech vendors, including IBM and Sun
Microsystems are creating grid applications to power high-performance
computing. Industry experts believe he call for such technology is at a high.

Kontiki offers grid delivery software that makes a company’s
servers, personal computers and infrastructure into a network capable of
delivering videos, rich media documents and software.

The Sunnyvale, Calif.
concern spruced up its flagship Delivery Management System with new software
that enables grid streaming, which allows video or audio to be streamed and
saved for later use; grid multicasting, which enables a single piece of
content to be delivered to many users on a network; cost-optimized routing,
which enables customers to cut bandwidth costs; and user-based service
controls, which allow businesses to define service levels for users and

The improvements are geared to give businesses more control over their
content, as well as to distinguish between more and less expensive network
links and route digital media at the lowest cost possible through
intelligent routing. The company said that since much of this less expensive
bandwidth is available on local area networks, “use of more costly WAN links
can be reduced by as much as 80%.”

Analysts are bullish on using grid technology to pipe content from one location to another. With more businesses using videoconferencing technology to hold
meetings since Sept. 11, the use of grid technology to power online conferences is growing.

“The business case for rich media in the enterprise is compelling,” said
Lawrence Orans, senior analyst at Gartner. “Now, many of our clients are
investigating technologies that will allow them to distribute rich media
without causing network traffic jams or requiring substantial new
infrastructure investments. Enterprise-based grid delivery is an emerging
solution that enables the bandwidth-efficient distribution of rich media.”

Kontiki also pledged integrated support for Embeddable Active X control,
allowing integration with Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook. With
this, digital content such as videos may be accessed and played right on Web
pages or within applications without a separate software download.

Kontiki also features support for Windows Media Rights Manager to assure
protection of content; support for Microsoft Producer, allowing companies to
create and distribute digital media presentations; integration with
Microsoft’s Content Management Server and other server applications and
content repositories to allow companies to ship content from their sales,
marketing or content management applications to those who need the
information; Integration of Windows Media 9; and
full support for all Microsoft operating systems, including Windows 98,
Windows 2000, Windows NT and Windows XP, and the
imminent Windows Server 2003.

Launched in April 2002, Kontiki’s flagship Kontiki Delivery Management System has over 2.5 million users. Before Monday, the company last upgraded its delivery suite in December 2002, when it first ensured corporate video delivery.

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