Keynote Systems, the Internet Performance Authority™, has clinched a deal to provide streaming media measurements and service level agreement (SLA) expertise for MSN Music, Microsoft’s new music service.
MSN has been using Keynote's Perspective and Transaction Perspective™ performance data over the past year to establish benchmarks for web site performance and reliability and to diagnose performance changes related to site content or infrastructure. Now Keynote consultants will design an effective SLA to ensure that all performance benchmarks are met with content delivery network (CDN) chosen by MSN. The result for consumers will be a high-quality audio experience when listening to streaming audio, one of the features available on MSN Music.
Rex Smith, vice president of operations for MSN at Microsoft Corp, said: "We are focused on becoming a driving force in delivering high-quality music services to consumers through MSN. Keynote's experience designing solutions that benchmark and manage the performance of web sites makes it an integral part of bringing the best possible MSN Music experience to consumers."
Umang Gupta, chairman and CEO of Keynote Systems, said: "We are excited to expand our relationship with one of the most successful technology companies in the world. Microsoft's use of our service to verify its CDN vendors' streaming performance helps to validate the statistical reliability and independent nature of Keynote's measurement offerings."
Keynote Systems (Nasdaq "KEYN"), The Internet Performance Authority™, is the worldwide leader in Internet performance services that improve the quality of e-business. Approximately 3,000 corporate IT departments, Web-hosting companies, and Internet service and content delivery providers around the world have implemented the company's easy-to-use and cost-effective services to benchmark and manage the performance of their Web sites. Keynote was founded in 1995 and is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif. The company can be reached at http://www.keynote.com.
MSN gives consumers a new home on the Internet - a central place where they can get everything they need from the Web and make the most of their time online. With more than 230 million visitors per month, the MSN integrated network of content and services is the most popular destination on the Internet.
MSN is available in 33 markets and in 17 languages – a broader global presence than any other network. MSN takes advantage of the Microsoft® .NET platform to offer leading services, any time, any place and on any device, with an integrated and personalised user experience for communications, search, shopping, personal finance and entertainment. MSN Internet Access and the recently introduced MSN Explorer offer quick, personal and exciting ways to get on to and take advantage of the Web.
Best-of-breed services include the MSN Hotmail® Web-based e-mail service, the world's largest Web-based e-mail system; MSN Messenger Service, one of the fastest-growing instant messaging services on the Web; MSN Search, the second most popular online search service; MSN Mobile, the customisable wireless information service; the award-winning MSN MoneyCentral(tm) online personal finance guide; MSN eShop, the one-stop online shopping resource; and MSN Custom Web Sites, the easy way to share information on the Web. MSN
is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com/.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.
For further information contact:
Olivier Carron, Vice President EMEA/Christina Mueller, PR and Marketing Manager, Keynote – Tel: 0207 887 4531
Krista Burnett/Christine Jarvis, Profile PR – Tel: 0207 734 4945
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