Equiinet and Novell produce fastest-yet caching solution

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Equiinet is to offer a cache appliance solution based on the Novell Internet Caching System. This is Novell’s first partnership covering Europe, Middle East and Africa that targets the service provider market.

Equiinet currently sells half of its NetPilot appliance through the Internet Service Provider channel, and will be targeting its new cache appliance at this market.

“The caching market is rapidly growing as service providers turn to caching and content acceleration solutions to optimise their Internet connections, and reduce access costs,” said Chris Hemingway of Novell.

The agreement comes at a time when many European local loop unbundling programmes have stalled, delaying the introduction of high-speed transmission technologies. The CachePilot server appliances, based on the Novell Internet Caching System will allow organisations to speed their net connections and conserve costly bandwidth.

Equiinet chairman Bob Jones, said, “Together, we are offering the fastest and most cost-effective caching solution available.”

Equiinet, based in Swindon UK, specialises in integrated solutions that give cost-effective, easy and secure access to the Internet. In 1999, Equiinet raised £5 million funding from London-based Schroder Ventures to enable the company to embark on a major European expansion. The chairman of Equiinet, Bob Jones, has previously headed three successful networking start-ups: Steebek Systems, Mayze Systems and Sonix Communications.

The Novell Internet Caching System is a scalable, plug-and-accelerate caching appliance technology available for license by Intel* architecture-based OEMs. The Novell Internet Caching System can accelerate any web site up to ten times, host over 100,000 persistent connections, and dramatically reduce the expense of scaling traffic across multiple web servers. Novell ICS can be easily installed in any Cisco*, UNIX*, Windows NT* or NetWare network.

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