RealNetworks has a new partner to help it get its streaming audio and video technology into the market: Compaq Computer.
The two companies are expected to announce a multiyear agreement that will see Compaq bundle RealNetworks RealSystem iQ technology -- including its RealSystem Server 8 and Proxy 8 -- with its ProLiant server and AlphaServer systems.
Financial details of the agreement were not disclosed.
In addition to working on Compaq servers running the Linux operating system as well as Microsofts Windows NT and Windows 2000 OSes, RealNetworks has also spent the past year working to ensure its streaming audio and video technology works on Compaqs Tru64 Unix, the computer resellers own version of the Unix operating system.
"By combining our high-performance systems, such as the AlphaServer system running Tru64 Unix, and RealNetworks RealSystem iQ, we will provide our enterprise and telecom customers with an outstanding, quick-to-deploy solution for the delivery of rich media content," said Don Jenkins, vice president of Product and Solutions Marketing for Compaqs High Performance Systems Division.
With its support of Tru64 Unix, RealSystem iQ, the companys network-based platform for deploying live and on-demand streaming media applications to a variety of devices, now supports 11 major operating systems, according to Ben Rotholz, general manager for product and systems at RealNetworks.
Its not the first deal RealNetworks has signed to help it boost its reach into the enterprise and network service providers market. In June, it signed a distribution deal with Cisco Systems, which bundles the RealSystem iQ with its networking hardware products. And in May, RealNetworks announced a deal with Intel to includes its RealPlayer audio and video player and RealJukebox music software on CD-ROMs included with two Intel desktop PC motherboards that support the chipmakers Pentium III and Celeron processors.