VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Meyer, Chairperson/Founding President of Digital Video Broadcast Systems (DVBS) has announced that the company's flagship product, the AfterBurner(TM) web server package is now ready for the commercial marketplace. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990823/SFM015 ) The AfterBurner(TM) technology is a cost-effective, high-performance alternative to expensive additional web or cache servers, and can be used as a "stand-alone" or combined with an existing server or network. Over the past several months, John Sokol, Chief Technical Officer/Co-founder, and creative and technical force behind DVBS, has been streamlining the AfterBurner(TM) technology for commercial application. The competitive advantages of the AfterBurner(TM) include: unprecedented capacity and faster response speed than existing single CPU servers (2875 hits per second, over 4000 concurrent users), and a lower cost per user-hit. Using a raw UNIX platform which provides rock solid reliability, robust multi-tasking and high security, the AfterBurner(TM) prevents network crashes caused by high demand. AfterBurner(TM)'s advantage arises from its ability to use less RAM memory (because of no child processes). In independent tests (completed February 12, 1999), AfterBurner(TM) surpassed the industry's leading servers: Apache and Zeus. Using identical hardware, AfterBurner(TM) outperformed Apache by 164 % and Zeus by 52%, according to the Certified Performance Report of Mindcraft, Inc., a leading independent performance measurement facility. Tests were completed using off-the-shelf hardware (retail value US$2,300) -- a single Pentium II 450 MHz processor, 1 GIG of RAM, 1 gigabit Ethernet card, and 1 VGA card. Detailed test results are available upon request. AfterBurner(TM)'s performance may -- in fact -- exceed the documented test results, since the testing infrastructure was incapable of loading AfterBurner(TM) to its limit. AfterBurner(TM)'s unparalleled speed and capacity renders it particularly valuable for high traffic web sites and those that offer large data transfers and downloads (Netscape browsers, game software, and music video downloads, for example). AfterBurner(TM) answers the needs of a growing server market to increase web-hosting capacity. DVBS' strategy is to partner with established technology leaders and leverage existing distribution and marketing channels to bring its innovative technologies to the marketplace Several licensing deals and joint-venture agreements, with industry and qualified financial partners, have already been signed. William Bang, Sr. Vice-President/Chief Financial Officer/Co-founder of DVBS and a former Korean businessman, has been instrumental in securing agreements with DigiCom and ThruNet (the largest ISP in Asia), as well as a joint venture with DACOM, Asia's largest backbone company. Negotiations are continuing with HanYang Engineering, the largest manufacturer of RAM chips for Sun Microsystems and SamSung. And, SungJin has renewed their commitment to pay US$1.5 million up-front to DVBS upon delivery of the new compression algorithms for the security industry, plus an additional 17% royalty per unit. In North America, marketing partners in Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, El Paso, Salt Lake City and others are established: DVBS is planning to finalize deals with over 30 resellers in the next 90 days. DVBS is also in active negotiations with a publicly-traded company and its technology subsidiary to roll-out the Symmetrically Distributed Server Network (SDSN) which allows users to connect multiple AfterBurner(TM) servers. Under an agreement with Creative Artists Agency for Watcha '99 and other coming events -- the capacity of the AfterBurner(TM) and its associated LiveCam and distributed serving technologies (SDSN) will be demonstrated in summer and fall 1999 cybercasts of selected Latin-style concerts, including the Latin Style Magazine Music Awards in October with appearances by top Latin entertainers. At a retail price of US$28,000 to $250,000 per unit, even 1% of the Internet server market would generate $170 million in sales for DVBS and its partners. The AfterBurner(TM) could also capture a share of the cache-server market, projected to grow to 2 billion by the year 2002. Markets include hardware manufacturers who would incorporate AfterBurner(TM) solutions in their product offering under an exclusive licensing agreement -- and -- software manufacturers who could incorporate AfterBurner(TM) into an existing server software solution or sell AfterBurner(TM) as a separate accelerator software product. DVBS has retained Bereskin & Parr, a leading Canadian intellectual property law firm, and has patents pending on AfterBurner(TM) and other protocol technology. Digital Video Broadcast Systems (DVBS), a technology incubator, has operations in the U.S., Canada and Asia. Its mission is the development of communication technologies that will improve voice, data, image transmission and reception over the Internet and Intranet. The DVBS technical team is based in the Silicon Valley, California. Management, marketing and administrative offices are located in Vancouver, British Columbia; Toronto, Ontario; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; and in Seoul, Korea. Detailed information on the AfterBurner(TM) and other DVBS technology is available on the DVBS web site: www.videotechnology.com.
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