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Company’s new architecture allows delivery of high-end media applications and revenue-generating services. Storage company EMC joins forces to store data nearer users

12 February 2001 - CacheFlow, the leading provider of content-smart networking solutions, has launched its cIQ content delivery architecture; the world’s first complete answer to the huge growth of network-greedy applications. Businesses can now support the heavier demands of streaming, dynamic application content and next generation services; including streaming broadcasts, e-learning and training, intranet and application content delivery and secure business-to-business content exchange.

"Companies need to re-think their WAN and LAN network architecture. Our research shows that less than ten percent of enterprises are prepared for the network impact of rich media," said Peter Firstbrook, Research Analyst at Meta Group. "Deploying a centrally managed content delivery network will enable corporations and managed service providers to deliver rich content efficiently."

The cIQ architecture combines content delivery, content distribution management, content routing and content tracking, with the patent-pending algorithms and extensible protocols of cIQ, enabling networks to communicate intelligently between devices, adapt to usage patterns and personalise content. Uses for this architecture range from integrating storage systems, to monitoring networks and tracking systems. Customers can also program a range of their own business content and user policies.

"cIQ is an industry-first and the best of both software and appliance worlds for intelligent content delivery," said Brian NeSmith, president and CEO of CacheFlow. "No longer do customers have to compromise performance and manageability to deploy differentiated applications and services."


According to Joel Schwarz of EMC,"customers have been asking us to marry the high availability and performance of CLARiiON with CacheFlow’s smart content distribution to give them robust information storage at the network edge." EMC is one of a number of new partners to sign up to the cIQ architecture, including Extreme Networks, Foundry, Marimba, Portal Radware, Virage and WebTrends.


Notes to editors

CacheFlow cIQ Content Delivery Architecture Components

· cIQ Director - enables customers to extend and manage their content network from back-end operations - including modules for storage, publishing, network management and billing and reporting - to the users at the edge. CacheFlow’s new second-generation, open content management platform, cIQ Director provides a single, extensible point of control for a content delivery network (CDN). The simple-to-manage appliance offers complete, policy-based control over distribution of static, streaming, and secure content, enhancing the power of intranets and communication networks.

· cIQ Storage Synchronisation Module for EMC - integrates cIQ-powered networks with EMC CLARiiON networked storage devices to guarantee web and multimedia content. Updates are automatically synchronised across a content delivery network.

· cIQ Streaming Services - enhance existing network infrastructure for delivering high quality streaming media, including support for Real, Microsoft Media, Apple QuickTime and MPEG 4. Integration with cIQ Director provides the capability to distribute and manage streaming content.cIQ Edge Accelerators - ensure fast, reliable content delivery with CacheFlow’s optimised appliances for accelerating content to end users, efficiently utilising WAN resources, improving employee productivity and delivering mission-critical content.

· cIQ Server Accelerators - offload Web servers from content delivery and security tasks to enhance web site performance and scalability by up to 10 times.

Visit CacheFlow’s cIQ Worldwide Web Launch

For more information on content-smart networking and cIQ, visit CacheFlow’s worldwide webcast featuring Brian NeSmith, Foundry Networks, and Jupiter Research. The on-demand streaming event can be seen at http://www.cacheflow.com/cdn/webcast


About CacheFlow Inc.

CacheFlow is focused on content-smart networking--a new layer of infrastructure for intelligently accelerating, delivering, and managing static, streaming, and dynamic content. CacheFlow’s market-leading appliances and innovative content delivery technologies enable enterprises, service providers and content delivery network providers to deliver the right content to the right place at the right time. Based in Sunnyvale, California, CacheFlow can be contacted via telephone at (408) 220-2200, fax at (408) 220-2250 or email at info@cacheflow.com


CacheFlow is a registered trademark of CacheFlow Inc. in the U.S. and worldwide. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners

cIQ Supporting Partner Quotes:

EMC

"Customers have been asking us to marry the high availability and high performance features of CLARiiON with CacheFlow’s smart content distribution capabilities to give them robust information storage and access all the way out to the edge of the network," said Joel Schwartz, EMC's Senior Vice President and General Manager of Midrange Systems. "With today’s announcement we’re delivering just what the market is seeking."




Extreme Networks

"CacheFlow’s cIQ architecture delivers a comprehensive approach to accelerated content delivery that meets the goal of ultra-fast, truly localized IP networks," said Sam Halabi, Vice President of IP Carrier Marketing and Business Development for Extreme Networks. "Our broadband Ethernet switching solutions, as a part of CacheFlow’s CDN architecture, propel streaming media and bandwidth hungry applications for improved performance at the edge of the network."

Foundry Networks

"Foundry has been working with CacheFlow for more than two years to optimize and evolve the Internet for media-rich content delivery and the result is reflected in the cIQ architecture," said Bobby Johnson, President and CEO of Foundry Networks. "Foundry’s ServerIron intelligent content switches, together with wire-speed Layer 2/3 switching and routing products, make the network not only faster, but also smarter for content delivery."

Contact:

Charles King-Holford

Rainier, London

020 7494 657

ckh@rainierco.co.uk


Nigel Hawthorn

CacheFlow UK

01276 854111

nigel.hawthorn@cacheflow

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