Keeping Data on the Move and Secure

Kontiki, Digital Fountain products target speedy and safe delivery of data.

Kontiki Inc. and Digital Fountain Inc. are offering new products designed to improve security and performance when delivering data over the Internet.

Kontiki, of Sunnyvale, Calif., last week announced its DMS (Delivery Management System), which enables users to securely publish, deliver and track digital video and documents down to the desktop level. Meanwhile, Digital Fountain, based in Fremont, Calif., earlier this month announced its Transporter Fountain 2.0, which provides delivery infrastructure technology for delivering large files and objects over the Internet.

Kontiki integrated technology from VeriSign Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. to secure and automate the delivery of video and documents, the company said.

Kontikis technology encrypts video and content on users PCs and requires users to prove they are authorized to access information, the company said. Kontikis DMS also prevents forwarding and printing of documents. In addition, the technology enables users to securely distribute Adobe Acrobat PDF files, the company said.

Kontiki made its DMS announcement in conjunction with VeriSigns release of its Access Management System, which is based on IBMs Tivoli Access Manager. Kontiki officials said the DMS technology uses VeriSign to deliver single-sign-on capability.

DMS features authentication, authorization, centralized security administration, controlled viewing of content at the user and group levels, and other functions. In addition, DMS, which features Kontikis XML Delivery Security technology, supports Web services standards such as XKMS (XML Key Management Specification) and SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol).

"Solutions like Kontikis are classified as peer-to-peer ECDNs [enterprise content delivery networks], also known as swarmcasting solutions," said Lawrence Orans, an analyst with Gartner Inc., in Stamford, Conn. "These are emerging solutions for enterprise content delivery—definitely only an option for technology-aggressive, early-adopter enterprises." Enterprises can use the products to distribute large files and video clips for training and corporate communications, Orans said.

Meanwhile, Digital Fountains Transporter Fountain 2.0 converts data to "meta-content" to enable performance enhancements that deliver content up to 30 times faster than conventional data delivery systems, such as FTP, company officials said.

At the meta-content level, the product breaks content down to mathematical equations, which lets users re-create files based on data packets received over the Internet, the company said. Unlike FTP, the packets dont need to be received in a particular order.