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Inktomi Teams with Fujitsu

By Jim Wagner (Send Email)
Posted Jan 14, 2002


Inktomi , in hopes of trying to recapture some of its success in the caching software market in the U.S., is now setting its sights on the growing Asia-Pacific market with an announced deal Monday to Fujitsu's Web server division.

The popular American caching software developers, who have an A-list of clients that range from Compaq to AOL Time Warner to Digital Island, have been one of a small number of tech companies in the U.S. to weather the recession that's hit the U.S. this past year. Already popular in the U.S., Inktomi penned a deal with Fujitsu to enhance that company's Web caching product line.

But what do you do when your customers are going out of business or severely cutting back deployment of Web caching servers to content providers? Inktomi's answer seems to be go somewhere else.

Masahiro Kawakatsu, Fujitsu Limited group senior vice president of personal systems business group, said the growing demand for Web caching in Japan led to the marriage of Inktomi's caching software and Fujitsu's PRIMERGY edge servers.

"The growth of broadband and rich media creates the need for faster, more intelligent networks,'' he said. "Fujitsu's high- performance, high-reliability PRIMERGY servers in conjunction with Inktomi's industry-leading network software, delivers a best-in-class solution for content delivery."

The Asian-Pacific region is quickly becoming a hotspot for broadband Internet connectivity. Japan and S. Korea are experiencing a large number of high-speed converts and corporations and service providers are scrambling to catch up with the demand.

Fujitsu's PRIMERGY servers are designed to improve digital subscriber line (DSL) connections, putting "edge" servers on the network, dramatically speeding up the time it takes the end user to download content from far-flung Web sites.

The Asia-Pacific Research Group predicts that IT spending on Web initiatives, a meager eight percent in 2000, will more than double to 19 percent by the end of 2003. This growth, analysts say, will be spurred mainly by growth from banks, insurance companies and government agencies looking to bolster their sites and improve e-commerce services.

But other analysts in the region point to a growing demand for residential broadband connections and expect 500 percent growth by 2005 to 25 million DSL and cable Internet users. There is likely not enough copper and fiber optic cable in the county to adequately serve all these incoming customers, so edge servers will play an increasing role with service providers and carriers.

Fujitsu, and Inktomi by extension, are clearly looking to gain early entry into these institutions, and are poised to take the Japanese market by storm. Fujitsu's caching servers are the first in the industry to provide gigabit Ethernet card support in a 1U form factor, dramatically shrinking the server space required for that amount of speed. Most gigabit cards are 2U in size.

In November, Inktomi penned a deal with Japanese content provider (think Yahoo! or Excite) AII, Inc. The deal gave the company faster connections and freed up a considerable portion of their network to service its 60 cable Internet service providers (ISP) customers.

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