Fast work for European Information Society

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Novell speeded up proceedings with its Net acceleration services for the Franco-German Forum on the European Information Society, held at the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Berlin.

Novell, in conjunction with Fujitsu-Siemens, One World Telecom, Akamai and Mannesmann Arcor, organized live streaming of the panel discussion on the first day and edited highlights of other debates and presentations. The public was able to follow the event via the Internet.

The forum, organised jointly by the Robert Schuman, Friedrich Ebert and Jean Jaurès Foundations, was opened by Joschka Fischer, German vice-chancellor and minister of Foreign Affairs. The event was attended by 100 leading industrialists, journalists, academics and politicians involved with the development of the Information Society.

Novell and Fujitsu-Siemens’ caching appliances accelerated delivery of the streaming media content over Akamai’s Free Flow service. Mannesmann Arcor provided the access bandwidth and One World Telecom coordinated activities and hosted the streamed content on its server in Germany. This joint project demonstrates how new technology can enable people all around the world to share developments.

“This is an excellent example of Net services software at work,” said Chris Hemingway of Novell. “We are pleased that our technology was chosen to accelerate the delivery of this important forum over the Internet. This allowed people worldwide to participate as if they were actually in attendance.”

“The Franco-German Forum gave us the opportunity to present Arcor as an important partner to the voice, data, Internet and e-business sectors on issues of security, flexibility and service,” said Barbara Kögler, head of corporate communications at Mannesmann Arcor.

Britta Schassa, European marketing director for One World Telecom added, “This project is the ideal vehicle to demonstrate our services to the wider European audience.”

The content of the forum will stay on the site for 30 days.

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