Inktomi Introduces Traffic Server 3.0

Inktomi Corp. Monday unveiled the
latest version
of its carrier-class network cache platform, Traffic Server 3.0.

In addition, the company said it has teamed with six new software
providers, who announced support for
the platform.

Inktomi Traffic Server 3.0, slated for availability later this quarter, is
designed to deliver both the scalability
with the industry’s first open cache platform and robust Application
Programming Interfaces for delivering value-added services within the
network infrastructure.

In addition to providing the usual offerings of
faster information access and lower bandwidth costs, Traffic Server 3.0
and Inktomi’s platform partners
plan to enable a range of strategic new services to Internet providers so
that their customers will be able to
generate loyalty and additional revenue.

New services include advanced media streaming,
distributed Web hosting and
content distribution, interactive applications and software-on-demand,
content filtering, and content
transformation for Internet devices such as set-top boxes and Web phones.

“In the same way that telephone
companies have added revenue-generating services like voice mail, call
forwarding, and three-way calling, Internet access and hosting providers
can now differentiate with advanced
IP services on the Traffic Server platform,” said HTRC Group analyst Greg
Howard.

Traffic Server 3.0 also has extended platform support to two new
operating systems, Intel Architecture
Windows NT and FreeBSD.

The new Traffic Server is also designed
with flexible and high-performance APIs that allow third-party software
application
developers and Inktomi customers to access these data flows and easily
integrate the functionality of their
products on the same computers as the caching application.

Inktomi’s new alliances with six Internet software providers to deliver
services on the Traffic
Server platform include Arepa, Network
Computer, Inc., NetPartners, Sandpiper, Spyglass, and WebSpective.

“The Inktomi team continues to drive innovation in network caching
technology, including performance,
scalability, support for new protocols and data types, and now new services
based on the Traffic Server
platform,” said Dennis McEvoy, vice president of development and support at
Inktomi.

“Traffic Server
version 3.0 delivers on our strategy to help Internet providers scale up
their operations and add
differentiated capabilities in a competitive marketplace,” McEvoy said.

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