CacheFlow Takes Aim at E-Commerce

FRAMINGHAM (04/20/2000) - Looking to give users an easier way to distribute Web content, cache device maker CacheFlow Inc. last week debuted its CacheOS/s operating system, aimed at e-commerce applications.

CacheOS/s uses technology gleaned from CacheFlow's recently announced alliance with content distribution company Akamai Technologies Inc. For example, Akamai's Akamaizer software will be an option for CacheOS/s users. Akamaizer lets customers place popular content in key regions on the Akamai network.

Akamaizer will for the first time let CacheOS/s users automate the placement of content on the Akamai network based on policies set by a network professional.

CacheOS/s is a stand-alone software product separate from CacheFlow's existing CacheOS software and has features not found in the existing product, such as the content distribution.

The new software also gives net managers the ability to place content on a network without recoding the contents - a time-consuming process in some cases.

"A key advantage of using [CacheOS/s] is that you alleviate congestion across the firewall," says Peter Firstbrook, an analyst with Meta Group, a consultancy in Stamford, Connecticut. "And because you are serving more content from the cache, you don't need as many Web servers on the back end, which is another cost savings."

CacheOS/s runs on cache devices that sit in front of a Web server farm, typically behind a Layer 4 switch. CacheOS/s is designed to deliver content that is considered static, such as graphics.

The software is integrated with CacheFlow's appliances with no additional license charge and will be available on June 1. CacheOS/s with the Akamaizer software is priced from $9,995 to $14,995, depending on configuration.

CacheFlow: www.cacheflow.com

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