Far from deterred by the EC's proposal to prohibit caching, Inktomi has released a new version of its Traffic Server cache software that would enable Internet service providers (ISPs) to offer advanced IP services.
By opening up the API, ISPs can integrate their own products with the Traffic Server network cache platform to offer customers value-added services such as filtered Web access, streaming video and advanced hosting and cable services, Inktomi said.
Customers already using caching - the copying and storing Web content to speed up the loading of information - wanted to use the benefits of the technology, such as increased bandwidth efficiency, to offer more services such as content filtering and streaming video to generate revenue and more customers, the company said.
"With Traffic Server 3.0, ISPs can offer additional services to differentiate themselves from competitors," said Joe Frost, European product marketing manager at Inktomi. "They will make more money by attracting more customers by specialising in certain services, or by selling them as an added service."
Six Internet software companies have signed up to deliver services using the software.
They are Arepa, Network Computer, NetPartners, Sandpiper Networks, Spyglass and WebSpective. They all expect to make the new services available this summer.
NetPartners will integrate its WebSense Internet access management system with Traffic Server to enable large ISPs and companies to provide Internet content filtering for all users on their networks.
Draft EC legislation would bar non-essential copying of information, which would protect authors by effectively outlawing caching.
But Frost is confident that caching's future is secure. "There is still a lot of confusion. But now that one of the original opponents of caching, the music industry, has changed tack, people are starting to recognise that banning caching is not the way to solve the problem of copyright infringement," he said.
The European Parliament is expected to vote on whether to prohibit caching this week.
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