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  • Ismet Kursunoglu
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 1999
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      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.

      http://www.akamai.com/news/gartner.html

      Is the magic in the distribution of the servers with the optimization
      based on geography of the requesting client?

      ibk



      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
      Web presence,
      Microsoft Corp. (NasdaqNM:MSFT - news) on Monday said it agreed to
      invest $15
      million in Akamai Technologies Inc., a soon-to-be-public company that
      offers
      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
      media,
      which allows music and video to be viewed or listened to over the
      Internet.

      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.''
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