Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), an Internet solutions provider, has announced plans to expand its VitalStream content delivery network (CDN), strengthening the company's position in the streaming-media market on a global scale. London will be the first location to be expanded, accelerating Internap's presence in Europe and complementing the company's existing Amsterdam facility. The initiative also marks Internap's initial entry into Asia, via delivery points in Tokyo and Hong Kong, offering a redundant, highly scalable CDN platform. The strategic build-out of Internap's global CDN will greatly enhance access to its current international Private Network Access Point (P-NAP) locations, which provide intelligent management of network traffic routes to improve performance of Web-based applications. The initiative will occur in scheduled phases throughout the year and adhere to the company's disciplined approach to managing capital expenditures while strengthening service reliability. With its CDN expansion, Internap will be in a position to offer new global and regional contracts across Asia, Europe and North America for both streaming and content delivery services. Featuring fault-tolerant storage architecture and disaster-proof, dual-origin redundancy, the global CDN will potentially dramatically improve performance in each region. Internap will store and deliver content at points of presence (PoPs) in certain local markets to improve the speed and delivery of customer traffic. These local PoPs enable Internap to optimize speed and performance for rich media applications, such as video and audio streams. Currently, Internap has 43 global service delivery points and 3 major origin CDN PoPs located in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Amsterdam. Internap's unique approach to CDN technology allows the company to deliver broad reach and superior reliability, regardless of size and location. The company plans to leverage its team of 130 direct sales associates to expand its CDN customer base globally. Combined with the P-NAP integration and Internap's monitoring and customer support, the initiative will extend Internap's ability to manage, deliver, distribute and monetize customers' Web assets, while ensuring a high quality end-user experience. The expanded platform will also enhance Internap's ability to launch new applications, such as IPTV channels, over its optimized IP network as well as potentially improving the performance of Internap's other network and advertising solutions.
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