Akamai and IBM Announce Strategic Alliance to Improve Web Performance

IBM Becomes Systems Integrator and Reseller of Akamai Services; Akamai Selects IBM Netfinity Enterprise-Class Servers for Global Deployment

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Somers, N.Y. & Cambridge, Mass - 27 Jan 2000: -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) today announced a strategic agreement to establish a set of services that will dramatically speed delivery of content over the Web.

As part of a broad alliance between the companies, IBM will use Akamai's technology to build a set of systems integration and application development services to speed and more smoothly handle unpredictable demands on Web sites. Additionally, IBM Global Services, a world leader in Web hosting and integration, becomes the largest company to resell and integrate Akamai's FreeFlowSM service, a global, high performance service for the delivery of Internet content and applications.

The companies also announced that Akamai will purchase and deploy IBM Netfinity enterprise-class servers, running the Linux operating system. As Akamai expands its network's reach, IBM will be Akamai's primary supplier of servers. Furthermore, Akamai will support IBM's standards-based roadmap, known as the Application Framework for e-Business, to help customers, partners, and developers get their e-businesses up and running quickly and securely.

"This relationship represents a significant step for Akamai," said George Conrades, Akamai's chairman and chief executive officer. "As a leader in Web hosting and with its global reach, IBM is uniquely equipped to bring Akamai's services to a whole new set of customers. Now, with one-stop shopping at IBM, e-businesses around the world can speed performance using Akamai's content and applications delivery network."

"Servicing our e-business customers requires expertise to manage huge traffic volumes and transactions," said Doug Elix, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Global Services. "In addition to our Web hosting services, Akamai's technology will allow us to deliver to customers entirely new levels of speed and reliability, which are increasingly seen as two of the critical success factors of any e-business."

According to Elix, IBM is beginning implementation of Akamai's FreeFlow service in customer sites and will use FreeFlow on its own site, www.ibm.com.

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