Akamai Technologies announced the commercial availability of its first offering, FreeFlow. FreeFlow has been in commercial use since the beginning of April and to date has delivered more than 10 billion hits for some of the biggest sites on the Web. The service dramatically improves Web site performance and reliability, and is backed by Akamai’s Proof of Performance guarantee. In a separate announcement today, the company named Yahoo! as one of its charter FreeFlow customers. FreeFlow was designed around the needs of high-volume Web sites in eCommerce, new media, and Global 2,000 businesses. To help the customer assess FreeFlow’s performance during the evaluation period, Akamai contracts with Keynote Systems, a third-party measurement service. Based on the testing done by this independent authority, the customer is able to evaluate the speed and reliability improvements of FreeFlow. The results show exactly how FreeFlow performed using live traffic, and are compared with the customer’s existing processes. FreeFlow customers pay only for the network resources they use — no capital investment is required. Usage charges are priced according to megabits per second of content served. Customers commit to a minimum usage level and may “burst” above this commitment. Monthly pricing begins at $2,000 per megabit per second, with discounts for volume usage. www.akamai.com
Microstar Software Ltd. announced a strategic alliance with XIA Information Architects Corporation. The alliance between Microstar and XIA Information Architects provides a combination of skills and expertise for the design and implementation of the new networked business models. These new models require the inter-mediation and exchange of content and transactions between heterogeneous groups of buyers and sellers over the Internet. XIA Information Architects helps organizations to exploit the opportunities provided by XML-enabled multi-enterprise systems and to maximize the value of their IT investment. Microstar develops integrated solutions using the latest XML and SGML content management and e-commerce Internet products. Solutions for the companies’ clients leverage the built-in intelligence of XML encoded information to facilitate the integration of supply chains of all types. The result is lower operational costs and wider market reach. www.microstar.com.
Datalogics announced the latest release of the FrameLink Product Family in conjunction with DOCUMENTUM, Inc.’s launch of DOCUMENTUM 4i. FrameLink offers organizations flexibility with their document creation, document management, and publishing processes by integrating Adobe FrameMaker authoring tools and DOCUMENTUM’s DOCUMENTUM 4i. The FrameLink Product Family line consists of four products: FrameLink, FrameLink+SGML, FrameLink for AutoRender Pro, and the FrameLink DocPage Builder Extension. FrameLink allows authors of technical documents, manuals, and product information to manage complex documents directly from within FrameMaker, while maintaining document links. With FrameLink+SGML, authors of SGML documents in FrameMaker+SGML can manage the reuse of components down to the element level. FrameLink for AutoRender Pro allows users to automatically render and manage PDF files from within FrameMaker tools. This enables them to distribute documents for review and can provide an end-to-end solution for publishing complex documents. Finally, the FrameLink DocPage Builder Extension is a tool kit that can adapt FrameLink to meet specific publishing needs of customers. www.datalogics.com