This technology looks important. Now that it is moving over to NT will
it still function as well?
Or was it so good just because of Linux?
Gartner seems to like the whole organization.
Is the magic in the distribution of the servers with the optimization
based on geography of the requesting client?
Monday September 27, 6:29 pm Eastern Time
Microsoft invests $15 mln in Web enabler Akamai
REDMOND, Wash., Sept 27 (Reuters) - In the latest move to bolster its
Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) on Monday said it agreed to
million in Akamai Technologies Inc., a soon-to-be-public company that
services that speed the transmission of Web pages to Internet users.
In a statement, Akamai said it will integrate Microsoft Internet
software into Akamai's
network, including Microsoft's Windows Media Technologies for streaming
which allows music and video to be viewed or listened to over the
Microsoft's Streaming Media Division also agreed to buy Web page
delivery services from Cambridge,
Mass.-based Akamai, which filed to hold an initial public offering of
stock in August but has yet to set a date for its debut.
``Through this relationship, Akamai expands the strength of our Internet
content delivery services to include leading Internet software
technologies from Microsoft,'' Akamai Chairman and Chief Executive
George Conrades said in a statement.
Conrades, a veteran Internet executive, previously was chairman and CEO
of BBN Corp., a pioneering
developer of Internet access services that was acquired by telephone
services provider GTE Corp. (NYSE:GTE- news) in 1997.
Akamai said it will develop a version of its software for Microsoft's
business operating system Windows NT. Akamai has traditionally run on
Linux, a Unix-based operating system that is considered an alternative
to Windows NT and is popular among Web site managers.
Also in the statement, Will Poole, the general manager for marketing and
business development in
Microsoft's Streaming Media unit, said:. ``Akamai's unique content
delivery technology will significantly
improve the performance, reliability and scalability of media streamed
in our format.''