Big Blue, Akamai expand relationship

IBM and Akamai Technologies are working to bring together a mixed software-service to let users speed up Web content delivery.

Big Blue announced yesterday it would make it easier for enterprises and service providers to implement Akamai's FreeFlow high-speed Web content delivery service. Previously, it took time and money to customize a user's WebSphere server software to link to FreeFlow - now users need only download the Akamai hooks for free off the Web.

Akamai delivers Web content to its users over its worldwide network two to 10 times faster than normal delivery rates, says Joe Damassa, vice president of IBM's WebSphere. Big Blue's Global Service branch already resells the Akamai service offering.

The Akamai hooks for WebSphere will be available Sept. 15. IBM's enterprise-level WebSphere Advanced Edition starts at $US7,000. Eventually, new WebSphere users will be able to request that the Akamai code be preloaded for them, Damassa says.

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