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A startup company plans to unveil a service a next week thatwill let electronic commerce companies and information
publishers outsource content distribution to minimize access
delays and server loads.
Sandpiper Networks Inc. says its Footprint distribution
places servers between a company's Web servers and users'
browsers so that Sandpiper, not the content provider, bears
the brunt of Internet traffic. For instance, the Los Angeles
Times used Sandpiper a few weeks ago to host its copy of
special prosecutor Kenneth Starr's report on President
Such capability can help IT groups minimize their hardware
and software investments, says Sandpiper president and CEO
Leo Spiegel. Footprint, to be available immediately, will be
priced according to the amount of bandwidth used. Subsequent
releases are slated to deal with business-to-business and
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