The American software caching firm, which has a wide client base that ranges from Compaq to AOL Time Warner to Digital Island, has been one of a small number of tech companies in the United States to weather the latest recession.
But what does an enterprise do when its customers are going out of business or severely cutting back deployment of Web caching servers to content providers? Inktomi's answer seems to be to go somewhere else.
Masahiro Kawakatsu, Fujitsu Limited's senior vice president of personal systems business group, said the growing demand for Web caching in Japan led to the marriage of Inktomi's caching software and Fujitsu's Primergy edge servers.
"The growth of broadband and rich media creates the need for faster, more intelligent networks," he said. "Fujitsu's high-performance, high-reliability Primeregy servers, in conjunction with Inktomi's industry-leading network software, delivers a best-in-class solution for content delivery."
The Asia-Pacific region is quickly becoming a hotspot for broadband Internet connectivity. Japan and South Korea are experiencing a large number of high-speed converts, and corporations and service providers are scrambling to catch up with the demand.
Fujitsu's Primergy servers are designed to improve digital subscriber line (DSL) connections, putting "edge" servers on the network and dramatically speeding up the time it takes the end user to download content from far-flung Web sites.
The Asia-Pacific Research Group predicts that IT spending on Web initiatives, a meager 8 percent in 2000, will more than double to 19 percent by the end of 2003. This growth, analysts say, will be spurred mainly by growth from banks, insurance companies, and government agencies looking to bolster their sites and improve e-commerce services.
But other analysts in the region point to a growing demand for residential broadband connections and expect 500 percent growth by 2005 to 25 million DSL and cable Internet users. It is unlikely that there is enough copper and fiber optic cable in the county to adequately serve all these incoming customers, so edge servers will likely play a growing role with service providers and carriers.
Fujitsu, and Inktomi by extension, is clearly looking to gain early entry into these institutions. The vendor is poised to take the Japanese market by storm. Fujitsu's caching servers are the first in the industry to provide gigabit Ethernet card support in a 1U form factor, dramatically shrinking the server space required for that amount of speed. Most gigabit cards are 2U in size.
In November, Inktomi penned a deal with Japanese content provider AII, Inc.(a company comparable to Yahoo! or Excite) The deal gave the company faster connections and freed up a considerable portion of its network to service its 60 cable ISP customers.