IBM and Network Appliance Join Forces for Integrated Content Delivery and Streaming Media Platform
Sunnyvale, CA - September 26, 2002 --
IBM and Network Appliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTAP), announced today an
expanded agreement to provide enterprises and service providers
with interoperable, cost-effective, plug-and-play content delivery
network (CDN) solutions.
The agreement builds on previous alliances between the two
companies, and combines IBM's middleware, servers, and services
with Network Appliance™ content delivery appliances and
software, establishing a CDN reference architecture that simplifies
the creation, management, archiving, and delivery of all types of
The reference architecture is based on integration and
interoperability testing to ensure ease of deployment and
operation. The solutions can be used for business applications such
as enterprise intranet portals, streaming media applications,
acceleration of business applications including ERP/CRM, and
consumer pay-per-view services.
"This partnership affirms IBM's commitment to content delivery and
streaming media technologies. Projects like enterprise
communications, corporate training, distance learning, and document
dissemination can all benefit from a solid, interoperable content
delivery platform," said Scott Burnett, marketing director, IBM
Digital Media. "This blueprint expands on IBM's Digital Media
Factory Framework and delivers solid, easy-to-use content delivery
solutions, supporting a wide variety of digital media business
The IBM and Network Appliance reference architecture will enable
users to distribute and store content on NetApp®
NetCache® appliances at the edge of the network to accelerate
access to digital media assets by employees, partners, and
customers. The system is designed to handle HTML and XML Web
content, documents, and images in any digital form, and the most
popular IP-based streaming media formats, including MPEG4.
"With the reference architecture in place, customers now have an
integrated and tested solution that they have been demanding," said
Amit Pandey, senior director, Content Delivery at Network
Appliance. "Network Appliance and IBM have taken an important step
together to accelerate the adoption of media technologies by
creating and delivering fully integrated solutions that greatly
simplify the deployment process."
The solution will be sold and supported by experts from both IBM
Digital Media and IBM Global Services' Content Networking Services
Group, as well as Network Appliance. The reference architecture is
based on IBM xSeries Servers, IBM WebSphere, IBM ContentManager,
and IBM services, coupled with Network Appliance NetCache content
delivery appliances and management software, including
ContentDirector™, and DataFabric™ Manager.
About IBM Digital Media
With a leading reputation and one of the largest service
organizations worldwide, IBM Global Services provides the people,
technology, and consulting services that companies need to achieve
real business results in e-business, outsourcing, system
integration, business transformation, education, and networking.
The IBM Digital Media Factory Framework incorporates an open and
standards-based framework that enables the IBM e-business
infrastructure to create, manage, and deliver unstructured content.
Additional information on IBM's strategy for Digital Media can be
About Network Appliance
Network Appliance is a world leader in open network storage
solutions for today's data-intensive enterprise. Since its
inception in 1992, Network Appliance has pioneered technology,
product, and partner firsts that continue to drive the evolution of
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