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Inktomi Teams with F5

Inktomi (www.inktomi.com) announced a deal with content management company F5 Networks, to integrate Inktomi's caching products into F5's appliances.

Under terms of the alliance, Inktomi software and F5's products will be integrated through F5's iControl API (Application Program Interface). This interoperability will enable intelligent cooperation between the Inktomi Traffic Server solutions and F5's iTCM products. The new products will handle streaming and static media, over the Internet and enterprise networks.

For Inktomi, this is its third OEM deal, after announcing it would create appliances with Compaq and Hewlett-Packard earlier this year.

"Inktomi's proven caching and streaming media software integrates perfectly into F5's award-winning suite of iTCM products," said Jeff Pancottine, senior vice president of marketing and business development at F5 Networks.

Additionally, Inktomi and F5 will collaborate on joint sales and marketing programs to deploy content delivery solutions.

"Today's announcement further demonstrates that Inktomi software is fast becoming an essential ingredient for leading networking and serverplatforms," said Ted Hally, senior vice president and general manager,Content Networking Solutions Group at Inktomi. "The integration of Inktomi Internet infrastructure software with F5's Internet Control Architecture will provide companies with easy-to-install platforms for faster access to content while reducing bandwidth costs and offloading network management resources."

The new EDGE-FX Cache platforms will be available in the second quarter of 2001, priced at around $9,990.

On Thursday, Inktomi reported financial results for its second fiscal quarter showing pro forma revenues at $37.5 million. Pro forma net loss for the quarter was $27.6 million, or $0.22 per share.

"While the environment for technology spending remains challenging, Inktomi is continuing to make inroads into the enterprise marketplace through strong OEM partnerships, industry-leading streaming technology and our rapidly growing enterprise search business," said David Peterschmidt, president and CEO of Inktomi.

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