AOL extends Akamai deal for speedy content delivery

America Online Inc. (AOL) has expanded its relationship with Akamai Technologies Inc., in a deal that could improve the delivery of content to AOL customers.

The Dulles, Virginia, Internet service provider (ISP) will be deploying Akamai's edge servers within its backbone network, AOL said Wednesday. These servers will act as a private content delivery network to AOL members, the companies said, speeding delivery of content.

AOL will also use Akamai's EdgeSuite service to enhance the performance and reliability of its content, the companies said. Akamai's technology helps ease the delivery of content by storing parts of applications, media and Web sites in servers throughout the network, reducing the demand on origin servers.

Akamai, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has banked on its edge-computing technologies to seal deals with big-name brands such as Yahoo Inc. and Terra Lycos SA, but the market has grown increasingly competitive. The latest agreement with AOL is aimed to help both companies stay afloat amid tech market doldrums.

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