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Volera Announces Velocity CDN Suite

Volera (www.volera.com) announced Velocity, a suite of CDN software to complement its existing caching solutions. It also announced a new services division to help companies get up to speed with its new products.

According to Greg Muscarella, marketing strategist at Volera, the company wants to become the leader in the CDN space, selling to both enterprise customers and service providers. The goal, he said, is to help companies deploy customized content delivery networks to deliver streaming and non-streaming data.

But critics may balk at the new products since it doesn’t support all three streaming formats. "QuickTime is baked into the product already," said Muscarella. "Windows Media is an option." How about support for RealNetworks? "Stay tuned," was all Muscarella would say.

He said the company has targeted the entire space, from distribution, management, delivery, routing and billing. Velocity is built around Volera's caching software, Excelerator and Media Excelerator. The new products are the Controller System (which controls the caches), Content Controller (for scheduling and managing content) and the accountant package for billing and chargebacks. "It’s more stats than you ever want to look at," said Muscarella, while showing a demo.

"Our Velocity CDN addresses the key challenge facing every business and service provider today - increasing user demand for resource-rich network applications, coupled with shrinking IT budgets," said Simon Khalaf, president of Volera, in a statement. "We have created total system and content management solutions enabling customers to tap new revenue opportunities and deliver network ROI."

Volera's products are being integrated into Nortel’s Alteon networking products although Muscarella said it can work with any other platform, like Cisco’s. Naturally, with the close relationship between Nortel and Volera, the preferred product is Nortel. "We prefer this match up because it makes a better solution," said Muscarella. Volera also teamed up with IBM, forming a sales and marketing alliance to deliver combined technology to customers.

Lastly, Volera unveiled its services division for supporting existing and new customers. "Launching a professional services group to serve the total needs of our customers is the next logical step in our growth plan," said John Gailey, Volera's VP of professional services.

Velocity will be available in Fall 2001.

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