Sandpiper Networks Works With Microsoft to Offer Multicasting and Other|
SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec 8, 1999 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Sandpiper is the First Content Delivery Network Provider Capable of
Supporting TV-Level Audiences and Server-to-Server Multicasting
Sandpiper Networks Inc., the leading provider of comprehensive
content delivery solutions for e-business, today announced from the
Streaming Media West Conference that the company is working with
Microsoft to rapidly deploy its streaming media network, including the
first server-to-server multicasting services offered by a Content
Delivery Network (CDN). The rapid deployment and multicasting offering
is possible because Sandpiper has integrated with Microsoft Windows
Media Technologies and joined Microsoft's Broadband Jumpstart
Initiative earlier this year.
Since working with Microsoft, Sandpiper now has more than six gigabits
of global streaming capacity and supports millions of simultaneous
users while guaranteeing the highest level of performance. Together,
Microsoft and Sandpiper have delivered several streaming media events
such as the Drew Carey Show and NASA news on the Mars Polar landing
site, www.marsportal.com. Now, with multicasting capability, Sandpiper
supports the delivery of all media types, from multicast audio and
video to dynamic and authenticated content. Using the world's largest
CDN, online content is delivered closer to end users, avoiding network
congestion and outages. As a result, overall Web site performance is
improved while dramatically speeding the delivery of large download
files, streaming media files, e-commerce transactions and other
"Multicasting is the Internet's next evolutionary step in Web content,"
said Leo Spiegel, president and CEO of Sandpiper Networks. "As the only
CDN with native multicast support, we've now brought a new level of
performance and scalability to e-business that offers this innovative
content. With Microsoft's help and this capability, Sandpiper is once
again setting the standards by which all other content delivery
services are measured."
"With Windows Media Microsoft is thrilled to provide Sandpiper with an
easy-to-implement, componentized solution to best meet its specialized
business needs for distribution of audio and video over the Web," said
Will Poole, general manager of Marketing and Business Development,
Streaming Media Division, Microsoft Corp.
Sandpiper announced in October 1999 that the company intends to merge
with Digital Island Inc. (Nasdaq:ISLD), a leading provider of network
services for globalizing e-business applications. The combined company
plans to integrate content delivery, hosting and intelligent network
services to address the two significant requirements of global
e-business applications: support for centrally controlled and secure
transactions and fast content delivery at the edges of the network. The
Footprint network will have more than 1,200 servers worldwide by
year-end. Sandpiper has deployed Footprint servers in more than 20
networks worldwide, including America Online, Concentric Networks,
Uunet, GTE BBN, Sprint, Cable and Wireless, PSINet,
Frontier/Globalcenter, and TCG/Cerfnet.
Customers using Sandpiper's CDN to ensure the fast and reliable
delivery of online content include: Activision, AdForce, Astound, Blue
Mountain, CallWave, CNBC.com, EarthLink, Eonline.com, Gamesville,
LATimes.com, LiveOnLine, PBS, Sabela Media, SCO, University Netcasting,
Value America and other leading Internet content providers. Online
events delivered by Sandpiper include the 1999 Academy Awards,
Woodstock.com's real-time photo gallery, "id Software's Quake III
Arena" and the Starr Report.
About Sandpiper Networks
Sandpiper Networks is the world's first content delivery service
provider for the Internet. Founded in 1996, Sandpiper has built the
largest and most comprehensive Content Delivery Network (CDN). The
company's initial service offering, Footprint(SM), gives leading
e-businesses the power to deliver Web sites more efficiently and
profitably while dramatically improving site performance. Footprint
ensures the delivery of fresh Web content of all types while providing
management statistics that are vital to Web-centric businesses. For
more information, visit www.sandpiper.net.
The network is changing. Adapt to it(SM).
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