RE: [Redherring] Akamai is king of content delivery

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From: Mark Day (
Date: Fri Sep 15 2000 - 10:54:41 PDT

> But the market potential for content delivery is so promising
> that big-name
> players can't stay away. Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO), an Akamai
> shareholder, recently announced an alliance with a number of Internet
> hosting companies and content delivery companies -- such as
> Digital Island
> -- to create a standard platform for content delivery based on
> the Internet
> network provider's newest software package. Inktomi (Nasdaq: INKT),
> developer of Internet infrastructure software, is captaining another
> alliance, called Content Bridge, of which Digital Island is also a part.
> Other companies in the alliance include America Online, Genuity,
> Adero, and
> Mirror Image.

Actually, AOL, Genuity, and Mirror Image are in both the Content Alliance
and Content Bridge. Content Alliance is a much larger group and is focused
on standards. Content Bridge is closer to a single-equipment-vendor
business arrangement to compete directly with Akamai. They're not mutually
exclusive even though the press loves to pitch them as competitors.


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