SOURCE: SurfControl

January 16, 2007 08:00 ET

SurfControl Enhances Software Delivery of Worldwide Internet Threat Protection With Akamai Technologies

Akamai's Platform Raises the Level of Internet Protection Offered to Customers as SurfControl Continues to Build Unmatched Global Presence

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA and CAMBRIDGE, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 16, 2007 -- SurfControl (LSE: SRF), the leading provider of global on-demand, network and endpoint IT security solutions, and Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, today announced that SurfControl has moved its product download and threat list updates to Akamai's infrastructure.

Akamai's infrastructure deployment will provide SurfControl with best-in-class global reach for Internet threat protection update lists for its on-site products. SurfControl currently has global data center presence for its on-demand solutions hosted with Equinix in the U.S. and Asia/Pacific, and with IX Europe.

Akamai's Electronic Software Delivery solution will enable SurfControl to deliver more frequent updates, accelerate threat update delivery times by up to 300 percent and increase site capacity to accommodate a growing number of customers, as well as surges in traffic. Predictable, best-of-breed online performance has already resulted in improved customer satisfaction, and is supporting the company's expansion into emerging economic areas such as South America, Eastern Europe, India, and China.

By leveraging Akamai's global network of 20,000 servers with access to over 1,000 networks, customers receiving a scheduled or emergency threat list update now access the Akamai server closest to them rather than having to rely on a central location. With servers deployed in over 69 countries, Akamai guarantees the best possible delivery regardless of Internet peering, firewalling, and any other issues ensuring faster threat updates.

"SurfControl has aggressive growth plans worldwide, and we needed to ensure reliable delivery, even in countries where the quality of Internet connections is not as robust as it should be," said Max Rayner, executive vice president for products & services and CIO for SurfControl. "Since Akamai is the gold standard in the content distribution and acceleration space, they were our natural choice to assure competitive and cost-to-serve advantages. With the Akamai solution, SurfControl has been able to avoid costly data center build outs and, by avoiding bursting bandwidth costs, reduce ISP charges by at least $144,000 per year."

"Consumers expect to successfully download software quickly and without hassle, no matter where they are or how many other people are trying to download it," said Brad Rinkin, Akamai Vice President of Marketing. "We are pleased to support SurfControl's online business needs so their customers get the service they expect through complete, immediate downloads anywhere in the world. Akamai allows SurfControl the confidence and cost savings of electronic software delivery with a 100% uptime."

About SurfControl

SurfControl provides a portfolio of security solutions to protect our customers from Internet threats, deliver business and regulatory compliance, and enable business continuity. SurfControl believes that security should be treated as a science, delivering protection at multiple points -- "in the cloud" with on-demand security services, on the network with software and appliances, and on the desktop and mobile client. All of SurfControl's solutions for Web, e-mail and endpoint security are backed by industry-leading threat detection technologies, delivered by SurfControl's Global Threat Experts who work 24/7 to provide customers with dynamic zero-day protection. The company protects more than 14.5 million users and over 23,000 customers worldwide, and employs more than 600 people in offices across Europe, the Americas, and Asia/Pacific. For further information and news on SurfControl, please visit www.surfcontrol.com.

About Akamai

Akamai® is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online. Thousands of 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.

Contact Information

  • SurfControl Media Contact:
    Heather L. Haas
    SurfControl
    (831) 440-2626
    Email Contact

    Akamai Media Contact:
    Jennifer Donovan
    Akamai Technologies, Inc.
    (617) 444-2605
    Email Contact