FRAMINGHAM (06/21/2000) - CacheFlow Inc. is building a consortium of vendors, application service providers and system integrators with an eye toward giving enterprise users a one-stop shop for end-to-end Web and e-commerce hardware, software and services.
CacheFlow has dubbed its team effort the Adaptive Content Exchange (ACE). ACE includes vendors such as Akamai Technologies Inc., Alteon WebSystems Inc., Apogee, Aventail Corp., Cidera Inc., Concept Five Technologies Inc., Extreme Networks Inc., Foundry Networks Inc., F5 Networks Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Netigy, Secure Computing Corp. and Websense. Through ACE, the vendors provide content distribution, application, network and system hardware and software for Web and e-commerce sites.
The partnership will let network managers take advantage of a formal network of vendors and service providers to supply key pieces of their Web infrastructure instead of piecing it together themselves. Through the alliance, network professionals could go to CacheFlow or any company within the alliance to set up their e-commerce or business-to-business sites. Those vendors will work together to provide everything from cache hardware and software to hosting, content distribution and system integration.
For example, Akamai and Citera provide content distribution services, while F5 and Foundry provide load-balancing hardware and software. Alteon provides Web switches that route content to a device that provides the fastest response.
Netigy and Concept Five provide systems integration services. Websense and Secure Computing provide content filters that can prevent users from browsing unauthorized sites. McAfee is also providing real-time virus scanning to prevent virus-infected content from being distributed. Apogee provides billing and accounting software.
Observers say the partnership will address some of the major stumbling blocks network professionals face in setting up Web, e-commerce and business-to-business sites - in other words, putting all the nitty-gritty pieces together.
"CacheFlow and other vendors out there know they don't have all the answers, so partnering with companies that provide the other pieces can make putting a site together simpler," says Greg Howard, principal analyst at The HTRC Group, a consulting organization in San Andreas, California.