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Akamai Selected to Deliver Site of World Champion New England Patriots As They Drive Toward Consecutive Super Bowl Victories
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, today announced that the World Champion New England Patriots have chosen Akamai to ensure consistent availability and performance of its website, www.patriots.com. On the road to the 2005 Super Bowl, the National Football League's New England Patriots expect record site traffic as sports enthusiasts from around the world log on to get the latest news and information.
By leveraging the globally distributed Akamai EdgeSuite® solution, popular online sports destinations can avoid costly infrastructure build out and maintenance to keep a website performing optimally. With Akamai, visitors to www.patriots.com will experience faster website performance, including delivery of scores, game recaps and photo galleries.
"We are fortunate to have gone to three Super Bowls nearly back-to-back. The experience has taught us the need for a reliable, fault-tolerant system that can handle an incredible surge in traffic," said J. Trent Adams, Chief Innovator for the Patriots. "Akamai understands our needs and was able to quickly configure their systems so our infrastructure could leverage their global distribution network. It's all in the name of updating our growing fan base with team news while supporting customers shopping in our Online Proshop."
"Over the past year we have seen a dramatic increase in sports fans going online to access up-to-the minute sports information," said Lisa Arthur, Chief Marketing Officer of Akamai. "We're excited to have a role in helping people more easily access information about the Patriots' winning season, while allowing the Patriots organization to maintain a strong online brand."
The Akamai EdgeSuite solution enables the generation and delivery of dynamic content that can be targeted and delivered from locations optimized for each end user. Given today's challenged IT budgets, the EdgeSuite service allows businesses to cost-effectively extend their critical Web infrastructure across Akamai's global platform, while retaining control of the business intelligence necessary to provide the optimal user experience.
About The New England Patriots
In addition to being a world championship NFL team, the New England Patriots, based in Foxborough, MA., help lead the league in new media development. They were the first professional sports team to have a website in 1995, were the first company to produce a nightly direct-to-digital online video program going strong since 1997, and continue to push the envelope in unique content delivery with 12 hours of online radio programming each day during the regular season. Continuing to lead the way, in 2004 Patriots.com was the first NFL team to begin publishing content in Chinese.
Akamai® is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online. More than 1,200 organizations have formed trusted relationships with Akamai, improving their revenue and reducing costs by maximizing the performance of their online businesses. Leveraging the Akamai EdgePlatform, these organizations gain business advantage today, and have the foundation for the emerging Web solutions of tomorrow. Akamai is "The Trusted Choice for Online Business." For more information, visit www.akamai.com.
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai Technologies, Inc.'s management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by unauthorized users or others, failure to have available sufficient transmission capacity, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.