IBM, Inktomi team on streaming media

IBM Corp. and Inktomi Corp. on Monday teamed up to help large corporations provide high-bandwidth applications, including streaming media as well as key business applications such as ERP (enterprise resource planning), across their networks.

The companies will help their customers build enterprise CDNs (content delivery networks) in which data from various facilities can be delivered to sites across a network, on time and in the right form, IBM officials said Monday. Inktomi software running on IBM xSeries servers forms the core of the offering, and IBM will provide systems integration services and in some cases storage gear.

Companies that want to provide content such as training videos may have to cache that content in different locations around a network and change it over time. IBM and Inktomi aim to help them manage their delivery of content and applications, making sure versions are synchronized, available bandwidth is used intelligently, and the end user gets the right quality of service.

The CDNs can help companies save money and increase productivity, according to IBM. The intelligence of the server-based software can help customers overcome bandwidth constraints without adding more capacity or upgrading routers. Service providers also could take advantage of the technology, IBM officials said.

The partnership, between Foster City, California-based Inktomi and the IBM Global Digital Media Group, in White Plains, New York, comes as IBM uses this week's Supercomm conference here as a launch platform for a telecommunications strategy outlined earlier this year. The company plans to bring together its own expertise with that of partners to help service providers develop new services software platforms.

Supercomm continues through Thursday.

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