By Jon Tullett
HP is licensing Inktomi's streaming media technology to offer server appliances geared to provide high-performance caching and streaming services.
Hewlett-Packard and Inktomi announced that HP has agreed to build intelligent caching and streaming media appliances using Inktomi's network infrastructure software. HP will embed Inktomi Traffic Server and Traffic Server Media-IXT software into customised HP Netservers to create three new products for edge and server caching and streaming.
HP and Inktomi are working together to offer three HP server appliances - the HP Web Cache SA 2100, the HP Web Cache SA 2200 and the HP Media Cache Server Appliance SA 2250 - designed to enable caching and fast delivery of rich media content. These products are expected to begin shipping in Q2 2001.
"HP aims to work with leading vendors such as Inktomi to create the best appliance solutions for its customers," said Frank Harbist, general manager, HP server appliances. "HP has broad caching experience and is pursuing the caching and streaming server appliance market - among the industry's fastest growing segments.”
International Data Corporation is projecting the server appliance marketplace to grow to $13 billion by 2004.