Compaq, Akamai team to offer corporate Web services

Aiming to provide corporate clients with the ability to design and implement customized Web services, Compaq Computer Corp. announced Tuesday that it sealed a deal with content delivery provider Akamai Technologies Inc.

Under the agreement, Compaq Global Services will resell Akamai's EdgeSuite service, which offers corporate clients the ability to build, present and deliver data and applications for the Web via the company's worldwide network.

Compaq will also license Akamai's EdgeScape service, allowing business clients to analyze Web user data and design site architecture, the company said.

In exchange, Compaq will become Akamai's preferred server vendor. The content delivery company plans to adopt Compaq's ProLiant servers and related support services.

The financial terms of the agreement were not revealed.

Earlier this month, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) said that it planned to acquire Compaq in a US$25 billion deal.

While the deal is still pending, a merger of the technology behemoths would likely require significant time to assimilate and streamline the new entity. In addition, some product lines would be discontinued.

It is unclear how the possible merger would affect Compaq's corporate clients.

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