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To: REH who wrote (32)6/11/1999 9:03:00 AM
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InterNAP Signs Deal With Art.com to Provide High-Speed Internet Connection

BusinessWire, Friday, June 11, 1999 at 08:23

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 1999--

Agreement Gives Consumers Faster Access to
the Web's Largest Art Collection

Continuing to help e-commerce retailers reach their customers
faster and increase online sales, InterNAP Network Services today
announced the signing of Art.com in conjunction with the launch of its
Chicago Private Network Access Point.
Art.com, a wholly owned subsidiary of Getty Images, Inc.
(NASDAQ:GETY), has more than 100,000 images on display and for sale in
its Art Gallery, the largest art collection online, according to the
company. Linked to InterNAP's Chicago Private Network Access Point
(P-NAP SM), Art.com will benefit from InterNAP's proprietary
Assimilator(TM) routing technology that allows data to bypass public
exchange "choke points" on the Internet.
"With the variety of images and colors displayed on Art.com,
speed of connection and consistent download times are a challenge and
a necessity," said Don Fosen, chief information officer for Art.com.
"InterNAP's technology dramatically improves our connection, allowing
the visuals on our Web site to download rapidly. In addition, our
customers can be confident that when they make a purchase, their
confidential information is transferred in the quickest, most secure
manner available."
Under terms of the agreement, Seattle-based InterNAP has linked
Art.com to its Private Network Access Point in Chicago. InterNAP's
P-NAP and proprietary Assimilator(TM) software together orchestrate
the routing and security of mission-critical data in a faster, more
reliable manner than conventional routing technology. P-NAP service
routes the data traffic of InterNAP's customers--including online
retailers, enterprise corporations and Internet service providers--in
a way that bypasses conventional modes of traffic exchange between the
many networks that comprise the Internet.
"Art.com is a leader in a $9 billion industry that will continue
to expand as the Internet continues to evolve as both an entertainment
tool and a budding retail environment," said Tony Naughtin, CEO of
Seattle-based InterNAP. "Establishing its Internet connection with
InterNAP enables Art.com to deliver a consistent user experience to
their customers, attracting more visitors to the site and retaining
their attention longer through faster download times."
InterNAP services are currently available in New York, San Jose,
San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington D.C and Chicago.
InterNAP plans to continue to deploy P-NAPs in other major U.S. cities
through 1999. Other customers include Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN),
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Datek Online, The Street.Com (NASDAQ:TSCM).

Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Seattle, InterNAP is a
privately held company that provides Internet service that is faster
and more reliable than conventional Internet technology. InterNAP has
developed a breakthrough routing and route management technology
specifically designed to deliver data directly to and from
destinations across the Internet, eliminating the packet loss and
latency caused by increased over-capacity. For more information, visit
www.internap.com.
Art.com is the world's most inviting destination for discovering
and buying art. Featuring the Web's largest collection of art, more
than 100,000 of the world's greatest images, Art.com offers discounts
of 20 percent to 50 percent below traditional costs every day. Prints
can be purchased unframed or framed using Art.com's proprietary
visualization software that offers custom matting and framing that
match tastes and price ranges. Art.com was founded in 1997 by a
dedicated team that possesses more than 300 years combined experience
in professional art, framing and interior design and is committed to
providing an engaging e-commerce art solution. Art.com also offers Art
Print Index(TM), the art trade industry standard for sourcing and
buying art. Art.com is a wholly owned subsidiary of Getty Images, Inc.
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