Exodus offers global storage with Scale Eight

Exodus Communications Inc. is partnering with San Francisco-based Scale Eight Inc. to offer an Internet-based storage service that lets users access documents and media files from anywhere in the world. The agreement, announced Monday, means Exodus customers will have access to Scale Eight's MediaStore Internet storage infrastructure service.

The MediaStore product uses parallel systems technology to leverage thousands of disks and hundreds of servers to deliver documents and media files to users anywhere in the world. Unlike conventional storage systems that are linked to local area networks, Scale Eight's technology storage system is accessible to servers on any LAN or to authorized users via a Web browser.

Exodus customers who buy the Scale Eight MediaStore service will have access to mirrored storage capacity in Scale Eight StorageCenters located in California, Virginia, London and Tokyo. Multiple access points and delivery methods mean users will get data quickly, company executives say.

Scale Eight monitors its storage network around the clock; users can monitor usage through the Scale Eight Service View Web-based control panel.

MediaStore is available through Exodus immediately and will be priced on a pay-per-use basis, according to an Exodus spokesperson.

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