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September 28, 1998

INKTOMI’S TRAFFIC SERVER 2 JUST AHEAD OF CACHE CRUNCH

By CBR Staff Writer

Inktomi Corp, the San Mateo, California-based network caching server and search engine company, has launched Traffic Server 2.0, its caching server aimed at ISPs and telcos. Currently in its third beta, the Traffic Server is slated to hit Europe next week. The key new feature in Version 2.0 is support for the RealNetworks G2 to enable streamed media caching. Such caching is designed to move high-bandwidth multimedia content closer to users, thus reducing delays. G2 hasn’t even made it to second beta, though, and the media cache option will be sold separately when it is released. New Traffic Server management features are aimed at high-traffic web hosting providers. For example, Traffic Server can now distribute content within the hosting network, pin pages to the cache, support multiple hosts and support integration with billing systems. Traffic Server continues its existing support for HTTP, FTP and RTSP internet protocols, as well as NNTP caching for Usenet news, Inter Cache Protocol (ICP) and simple network management protocol (SNMP). It can scale, through clustering, up to three terabytes of data. For now it’s confined to Sun, Digital and SGI Unices, but look for NT support before Christmas. In other caching news, Cobalt Networks Inc and ArrowPoint Communications both launched products on Monday. Cobalt’s contribution was a rack-mountable version of its CacheQube, called, not surprisingly, the CacheRaQ and priced from under $2,300. For its part, ArrowPoint claims its CSC-100 Content Smart Cache Switch, priced at $17,995, is aware of the specific content of HTTP requests and able to distinguish between cacheable and non-cacheable content. The rash of launches was timed to coincide with internet service provider event ISPCon, being held in San Jose, California today, tomorrow and Thursday.

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