Inktomi, developer of the Hotbot search engine, has taken the lid off a new product strategy aimed at addressing network overload on the Internet and corporate Intranets.
The strategy revolves around the development of a traffic server, network management software that will employ caching techniques to manage network data flow for Internet service providers, network backbone providers and the enterprise market.
?Current networking solutions are faulty in two regards: they send the same data repeatedly, and they send more data than the receiver can use at a given time,? said Eric Brewer, Inktomi chief technology officer.
The company claims it can make networks ?smarter? by programming these traffic servers to send data once and avoid sending the same information repeatedly. The traffic servers, also called network caches will be located within the network infrastructure to ensure that the data is stored as close as possible to the user, minimising user access time and overall network traffic.
?It?s much less expensive to store data than it is to move it," said David Peterschmidt, Inktomi president and chief executive officer. ?We?re taking our cost effective, highly scalable architecture and extending it to network infrastructure applications that will reduce latency and increase access to global information on a much greater scale.?
Inktomi?s traffic servers are scheduled for release in the second half of this year.
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