Oracle and Akamai Deliver Technology to Accelerate Web Applications and Content

Oracle9i Application Server and Akamai's EdgeSuite(SM) Service Interoperate to

Help Enable Companies to Develop and Deploy Dynamic Web Sites and Applications



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Oracle Corporation

    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 30 /PRNewswire/ --
 (http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?679375) Addressing the growing need to
 accelerate dynamic Web content delivery while simplifying the infrastructure
 required to ensure improved application performance and scalability,
 Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:   ORCL), the leading provider of software for e-business,
 and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:   AKAM), the leading Content Delivery
 Service Provider (CDSP), today announced development and delivery of Edge Side
 Includes (ESI), an open specification for assembling dynamic Web pages at the
 edge of the data center or the edge of the Internet.  Leaders in the
 application server and content delivery industry, including Oracle and Akamai,
 are expected to jointly submit ESI to the appropriate standards bodies for
 approval as a standard later this spring.  With ESI, companies can reduce the
 complexity and infrastructure requirements of developing, deploying and
 maintaining highly scalable and reliable Web sites and Web-based applications.
     ESI is a simple markup language used to define Web page fragments for
 dynamic assembly at the edge of the data center or the edge of the Internet.
 With today's announcement, Oracle9i Application Server and Akamai's
 EdgeSuite(SM) service are offering support for this next-generation content
 delivery technology.
 
     Dynamic Assembly at the Edge
     Traditional caching techniques speed the delivery of static content to
 client browsers over the Internet and corporate intranets.  Most Web pages
 today, however, are generated on demand for each individual user and many
 contain a mix of personalized and non-personalized content fragments, making
 them non-cacheable by traditional caching products and CDN services.  ESI will
 enable dynamic assembly of these page fragments.  As a result, customers will
 be able to develop highly dynamic Web-based applications that are assembled at
 the edge of the data center, or at the edge of the Internet, for improved
 performance.
     "ESI will help to solve the scalability problem with sites that create
 unique page configurations for such things as personalization," said Neal
 Goldman, research director at The Yankee Group.  "Without functionality such
 as ESI, the burden to dynamically generate pages falls solely on the origin
 server."
     "We are working with Akamai and other industry leaders to submit this
 standard because we believe that the best thing we can do for our customers is
 to fight complexity on every front," said Rene Bonvanie, vice president of
 Oracle9i marketing.  "ESI will help reduce the complexity and cost of
 developing and deploying new applications that are optimized to deliver fast
 content, even on sites where that content is constantly changing throughout
 the day and visitor volume is high."
     By supporting ESI, Oracle and Akamai are extending the performance and
 cost savings benefits of Web caching and content delivery services to
 accelerate the most dynamic Web sites.  As users flock to Web sites with
 dynamic, personalized content -- auctions, news, stock quotes -- this new
 technology will enable increased throughput and better response times with
 reduced infrastructure costs.  With Oracle's caching expertise and Akamai's
 strength in content delivery services, customers will be able to choose the
 best application deployment strategy at run-time for superior speed and
 content delivery without changing the application.  For Web developers, the
 advantages of ESI include built-in scalability, interoperability across
 multiple vendors, and support for existing applications.
     "Both Akamai and Oracle were independently working on the challenge of
 accelerating the delivery of dynamic Web sites," said George Kurian, vice
 president of product marketing at Akamai.  "We are excited that two leading
 vendors of mission-critical Internet infrastructure solutions have used an
 open language to make our products and services interoperate.  This enables
 companies to develop and deploy more high-performing Web sites with less
 complexity and less infrastructure."
     Oracle will offer support for ESI in the next version of Oracle9i
 Application Server, starting in May of 2001 (see related release).  To help
 J2EE based solutions leverage ESI, Oracle9i Application Server will also
 provide support for Edge Side Includes for Java (JESI).  In addition,
 Oracle(R) JDeveloper, a part of Internet Developer Suite, will enable
 development of ESI-compliant Java applications.
     Akamai will implement ESI as part of the Akamai EdgeSuite service offering
 starting in May of 2001.  This will include the integration of ESI into
 Akamai's metadata management system, as well as the support for ESI across
 Akamai's global platform of close to 10,000 globally distributed content
 delivery servers.
 
     About Oracle9i Application Server
     Oracle9i Application Server is the industry's leading deployment platform
 for web sites and e-business applications.  It provides full J2EE support and
 delivers advanced features such as data and page caching, clustering and
 failover, enterprise portal framework, wireless services, business
 intelligence, and XML-based collaboration.  Oracle9i Application Server has
 featured page caching technology since it was introduced in October 2000,
 making it the first and only application server to include built-in caching
 capabilities.  As a result, customers have experienced faster Web site
 performance, increased scalability and high availability of content.
 
     About Akamai EdgeSuite
     Akamai's EdgeSuite offering, a complete suite of managed Internet
 infrastructure services, allows Web sites to reap the performance,
 scalability, and reliability benefits of content delivery across an entire Web
 site, including static and dynamic content, embedded objects, streaming media,
 and HTML.  Leveraging Akamai's global network, EdgeSuite enables the
 generation and delivery of dynamic content by constructing Web pages from
 component pieces that can be targeted and delivered from optimal locations for
 each end user.  Given today's challenged IT budgets, EdgeSuite allows
 Web-assisted and Web-dependent businesses to outsource critical Web
 infrastructure to Akamai, realizing significant cost savings and measurably
 improving performance and reliability at the same time.
 
     About Oracle
     Oracle Corporation provides the software that powers the Internet.  For
 more information about Oracle, please call 650-506-7000.
 
     About Akamai
     Akamai is the leading Content Delivery Service Provider, serving thousands
 of customers worldwide.  Akamai has the broadest deployment of servers for
 content, streaming media, and applications delivery with more than
 9,700 servers in 56 countries directly connected within over 650 different
 telecommunications networks.
 
     Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
     The release contains information about future expectations, plans and
 prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements
 for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities
 Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Actual results may differ materially from
 those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various
 important factors including, but not limited to, the dependence on Akamai's
 Internet content delivery service, a failure of its network infrastructure,
 the complexity of its service and the networks on which the service is
 deployed, the failure to obtain access to transmission capacity and other
 factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and
 other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
 
     Trademarks
     Oracle is a registered trademark and Oracle9i is a trademark or registered
 trademark of Oracle Corporation. Akamai, EdgeSuite, Delivering a Better
 Internet, EdgeAdvantage, and the blue multi-wave logo are all trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Akamai Technologies.
 
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    REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. and CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 30 /PRNewswire/ --
 (http://www.oracle.com/tellmemore/?679375) Addressing the growing need to
 accelerate dynamic Web content delivery while simplifying the infrastructure
 required to ensure improved application performance and scalability,
 Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq:   ORCL), the leading provider of software for e-business,
 and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:   AKAM), the leading Content Delivery
 Service Provider (CDSP), today announced development and delivery of Edge Side
 Includes (ESI), an open specification for assembling dynamic Web pages at the
 edge of the data center or the edge of the Internet.  Leaders in the
 application server and content delivery industry, including Oracle and Akamai,
 are expected to jointly submit ESI to the appropriate standards bodies for
 approval as a standard later this spring.  With ESI, companies can reduce the
 complexity and infrastructure requirements of developing, deploying and
 maintaining highly scalable and reliable Web sites and Web-based applications.
     ESI is a simple markup language used to define Web page fragments for
 dynamic assembly at the edge of the data center or the edge of the Internet.
 With today's announcement, Oracle9i Application Server and Akamai's
 EdgeSuite(SM) service are offering support for this next-generation content
 delivery technology.
 
     Dynamic Assembly at the Edge
     Traditional caching techniques speed the delivery of static content to
 client browsers over the Internet and corporate intranets.  Most Web pages
 today, however, are generated on demand for each individual user and many
 contain a mix of personalized and non-personalized content fragments, making
 them non-cacheable by traditional caching products and CDN services.  ESI will
 enable dynamic assembly of these page fragments.  As a result, customers will
 be able to develop highly dynamic Web-based applications that are assembled at
 the edge of the data center, or at the edge of the Internet, for improved
 performance.
     "ESI will help to solve the scalability problem with sites that create
 unique page configurations for such things as personalization," said Neal
 Goldman, research director at The Yankee Group.  "Without functionality such
 as ESI, the burden to dynamically generate pages falls solely on the origin
 server."
     "We are working with Akamai and other industry leaders to submit this
 standard because we believe that the best thing we can do for our customers is
 to fight complexity on every front," said Rene Bonvanie, vice president of
 Oracle9i marketing.  "ESI will help reduce the complexity and cost of
 developing and deploying new applications that are optimized to deliver fast
 content, even on sites where that content is constantly changing throughout
 the day and visitor volume is high."
     By supporting ESI, Oracle and Akamai are extending the performance and
 cost savings benefits of Web caching and content delivery services to
 accelerate the most dynamic Web sites.  As users flock to Web sites with
 dynamic, personalized content -- auctions, news, stock quotes -- this new
 technology will enable increased throughput and better response times with
 reduced infrastructure costs.  With Oracle's caching expertise and Akamai's
 strength in content delivery services, customers will be able to choose the
 best application deployment strategy at run-time for superior speed and
 content delivery without changing the application.  For Web developers, the
 advantages of ESI include built-in scalability, interoperability across
 multiple vendors, and support for existing applications.
     "Both Akamai and Oracle were independently working on the challenge of
 accelerating the delivery of dynamic Web sites," said George Kurian, vice
 president of product marketing at Akamai.  "We are excited that two leading
 vendors of mission-critical Internet infrastructure solutions have used an
 open language to make our products and services interoperate.  This enables
 companies to develop and deploy more high-performing Web sites with less
 complexity and less infrastructure."
     Oracle will offer support for ESI in the next version of Oracle9i
 Application Server, starting in May of 2001 (see related release).  To help
 J2EE based solutions leverage ESI, Oracle9i Application Server will also
 provide support for Edge Side Includes for Java (JESI).  In addition,
 Oracle(R) JDeveloper, a part of Internet Developer Suite, will enable
 development of ESI-compliant Java applications.
     Akamai will implement ESI as part of the Akamai EdgeSuite service offering
 starting in May of 2001.  This will include the integration of ESI into
 Akamai's metadata management system, as well as the support for ESI across
 Akamai's global platform of close to 10,000 globally distributed content
 delivery servers.
 
     About Oracle9i Application Server
     Oracle9i Application Server is the industry's leading deployment platform
 for web sites and e-business applications.  It provides full J2EE support and
 delivers advanced features such as data and page caching, clustering and
 failover, enterprise portal framework, wireless services, business
 intelligence, and XML-based collaboration.  Oracle9i Application Server has
 featured page caching technology since it was introduced in October 2000,
 making it the first and only application server to include built-in caching
 capabilities.  As a result, customers have experienced faster Web site
 performance, increased scalability and high availability of content.
 
     About Akamai EdgeSuite
     Akamai's EdgeSuite offering, a complete suite of managed Internet
 infrastructure services, allows Web sites to reap the performance,
 scalability, and reliability benefits of content delivery across an entire Web
 site, including static and dynamic content, embedded objects, streaming media,
 and HTML.  Leveraging Akamai's global network, EdgeSuite enables the
 generation and delivery of dynamic content by constructing Web pages from
 component pieces that can be targeted and delivered from optimal locations for
 each end user.  Given today's challenged IT budgets, EdgeSuite allows
 Web-assisted and Web-dependent businesses to outsource critical Web
 infrastructure to Akamai, realizing significant cost savings and measurably
 improving performance and reliability at the same time.
 
     About Oracle
     Oracle Corporation provides the software that powers the Internet.  For
 more information about Oracle, please call 650-506-7000.
 
     About Akamai
     Akamai is the leading Content Delivery Service Provider, serving thousands
 of customers worldwide.  Akamai has the broadest deployment of servers for
 content, streaming media, and applications delivery with more than
 9,700 servers in 56 countries directly connected within over 650 different
 telecommunications networks.
 
     Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
     The release contains information about future expectations, plans and
 prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements
 for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities
 Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Actual results may differ materially from
 those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various
 important factors including, but not limited to, the dependence on Akamai's
 Internet content delivery service, a failure of its network infrastructure,
 the complexity of its service and the networks on which the service is
 deployed, the failure to obtain access to transmission capacity and other
 factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and
 other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
 
     Trademarks
     Oracle is a registered trademark and Oracle9i is a trademark or registered
 trademark of Oracle Corporation. Akamai, EdgeSuite, Delivering a Better
 Internet, EdgeAdvantage, and the blue multi-wave logo are all trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Akamai Technologies.
 
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