IBM To Offer SolidSpeed Networks Web Content Delivery Services

Deal targets small and medium businesses

Ann Arbor, MI -- PRNewswire -- November 9, 2000 - IBM Global Services has signed a reseller agreement for SolidSpeed Networks' content delivery network (CDN) services to serve its small and medium sized business clientele.

"Providing value-added services such as a content delivery service to our e-business customers allows IBM to differentiate itself from the competition," said Beth Feeny, director, global midmarket Web hosting, IBM Global Services. "Speed and reliability are two critical success factors for meeting the hosting services needs of small and medium business and SolidSpeed's technology will provide us an option for enhancing our offerings to this clientele."

SolidSpeed InstantEdge Partner Program
With the SolidSpeed Networks InstantEdge Partner Program, Web hosters can literally offer SolidSpeed CDN bandwidth overnight. Integrating the SolidSpeed CDN service into Web hosting packages is as easy as adding a checkbox to the web hoster's signup page. The program is designed to allow fast implementation with no capital outlay and no startup costs.

"This agreement with IBM is a significant step in building SolidSpeed's channel of tier 1 hosting partners," said Neil Dueweke, SolidSpeed President and CEO. "As a leading provider of global Internet services, IBM is uniquely equipped to bring content delivery services to a new set of customers - the millions of currently underserved small and medium sized businesses. Every business needs a fast, reliable Web site, and now IBM will be able to deliver an even more superior Web product to its clients."

The need for speed is critical in light of recent analyst findings. Zona Research reported that $4.6 billion per year is lost due to users abandoning slow Web sites. The Boston Group stated that 48 percent of Web visitors would leave prematurely because a site is running too slow.