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Akamai Extends InterNap Deal, Names COO

Akamai Technologies , the Cambridge, Mass., content delivery firm, and Internap Network Services , a Seattle routing services provider, have extended their partnership. The agreement was announced at Internet World in Los Angeles.

Under terms of the deal, Internap will offer Akamai's EdgeSuite service, which helps speeds complex Web content including audio and streaming video, to customers as a added offering. Internap's Overlay Network monitors Web traffic and routes data faster and more reliably than conventional methods.

"Internap helps Akamai traffic transit the Internet's core in the fastest, most reliable manner, while Akamai efficiently delivers content to the end-user from the Internet's edge," said Chris Turner, Akamai's vice president of channel distribution.

The two companies first teamed in December. Alan Norman, InterNap's vice president of corporate development, said the relationship has been well-received by the companies' mutual customers.

In an unrelated announcement, Akamai has named Chris Schoettle as COO. Most recently, Schoettle served as president of the broadband access unit within the InterNetworking Systems Group of Lucent.

In the newly created position COO, Schoettle will oversee product management, product marketing, engineering, network infrastructure and strategy, information services, human resources, legal, and corporate services.

Akamai CEO George Conrades said, "Chris brings immense leadership and organizational experience, especially in the areas of engineering and product management. His strength as a seasoned manager of Internet infrastructure businesses will help to broaden Akamai's management team as we focus on scaling our business."

Shares of AKAM opened up .375, or 3 percent, to 11.625. Internap also rose 3 percent, up .062 to 1.938. The Nasdaq market opened up as buyers looked for bargains after a weeks of plummeting prices.