Internap and Hypertec Help Ubisoft Deliver Advanced Features to Serious Online Gamers
ATLANTA -April 11, 2006 - Internap Network Services Corporation (AMEX:IIP), a leading provider of performance-based routing solutions over the Internet, today announced that Ubisoft, a leading international developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products recently expanded its deployment of Internap(R) Flow Control Xcelerator(TM) (FCX) 6500s to enable a successful digital asset management solution, route up to 400Mbps in internal traffic and accelerate video content delivery over the Internet. Ubisoft, a top video game developer with one of the largest in-house development staffs worldwide, will use the FCX to accelerate data transfer between data center locations in Canada, China, France and the United States. Internap technology will help enable faster rollout of Ubisoft's next generation video games in up to 10 languages and in over 50 countries worldwide.
Ubisoft's livelihood lies in its international and inter-continental collaboration on a variety of projects, which involve large volume data transfers over an enterprise network. Three quarters of Ubisoft's 3,000 permanent collaborators spread out over 21 countries are dedicated to game production alone. Recently, Ubisoft's sales and marketing staff identified an increasing need to effectively manage, edit and transmit screenshots, video and audio files of various sizes between locations, using a Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution that needed to be stable, fast and reliable.
"Our developers, software and engineering teams all over the world faced challenges collaborating over the web, which caused delays in meeting timelines setup by the executive team," said Pascal Lacombe, director, Global Network Services, Ubisoft. "Internap's FCX technology far exceeded our expectations by shortening the window of "wait time" amongst marketing, quality control, and testing teams in various cities and time zones worldwide. We can now collaborate faster, more effectively and within timelines and budget," he continued.
The expansion is a direct result of Ubisoft experiencing an immediate and considerable improvement in performance gains of up to ten times the transfer rate for large multimedia files, including Gigabytes of game images, jpeg files and real-time applications, necessary to complete game development after their initial FCP deployment. The Internap Canadian alliance partner, HyperTec Systems, Inc., one of the region's top system integrators and value added resellers, facilitated the FCX sales.
"Our strategic relationship with Internap plays an important role in serving the Canadian market and we intend to see this relationship grow even further," said David Ahdoot, president, HyperTec Systems, Inc., whose company inked a strategic alliance partnership with Internap in March 2005. Together, the companies have acquired multiple new customers across the region.
Quick delivery of creative and complex concepts has become increasingly important in the highly competitive global video game industry, in which games typically cost more than $10 million to develop.
"Ubisoft's decision to deploy FCX equipment to additional locations within months of the initial deployment, speaks to the confidence our customers have in Internap as the performance leader in enabling real-time, Internet applications," said David Abrahamson, vice president of sales, Internap. "We're dedicated to helping them stay ahead of the curve and drive new revenue opportunities from new and growing market segments," he added.
About the Flow Control Xcelerator
Introduced in August 2004, the Internap Flow Control Xcelerator (FCX) solution is a premise-based appliance, which provides WAN-like performance of high bandwidth applications and data-intensive traffic between multiple network locations for improved business continuity, digital asset management, engineering collaboration, software engineering and document management. By optimizing utilization of available bandwidth, the Flow Control Xcelerator boosts performance for TCP-based traffic flows over either private networks or the Internet, creating highly functional communications links between users of collaborative applications. Where typical compression technologies may offer 4x throughput improvements, the FCX delivers as much as 20x+ WAN performance improvement for TCP-based traffic. FCX global customers can transfer large data files and content quickly and efficiently, thereby improving the efficiency of core business applications. Furthermore, FCX installation is transparent to the existing network, requiring no routing changes, firewall changes, or IP renumbering to begin accelerating traffic.
Ubisoft is a leading producer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment products worldwide and has grown considerably through its strong and diversified line-up of products and partnerships. Ubisoft has offices in 21 countries and sales in more than 50 countries around the globe. It is committed to delivering high-quality, cutting-edge video game titles to consumers. Ubisoft generated revenue of 538 million Euros for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, an increase of 8 percent over the previous fiscal year at constant exchange rates. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoftgroup.com.
About HyperTec Systems
Located in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, HyperTec Systems Inc. is part of a privately held group of vertically integrated companies with over 240 employees and regional offices in Ottawa, Quebec City, Chicoutimi, Mississauga, and Calgary. The company offers design, development, and distribution of brand-name computer products, after-sales service, technical support, integration and the development of solutions. HyperTec serves public and private sector clients across the country, delivering products and services to a variety of industry sectors including federal, provincial and municipal governments, school boards, health care, financial, legal and professional institutions, and export. HyperTec Business Continuity Services (BCDR) is the largest provider of its kind in Canada. It offers a full range of services from its 600, 000 sq ft. location in Montreal & 45,000 sq. ft. location in Quebec City. For more information, visit the company's website at wwwhypertec-group.com.
Internap is a market leader of intelligent route control solutions that bring reliability, performance and security to the Internet. The company's patented and patent-pending technologies address the inherent
weaknesses of the Internet, enabling enterprises to take full advantage of the benefits of deploying business-critical applications such as e-commerce, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), video-conferencing and streaming audio/video across the Internet. Through a portfolio of high-performance IP and WAN optimization solutions, customers can bypass congestion points, overcome routing inefficiencies and optimize performance of their applications. Internap solutions are backed by an industry-leading performance guarantee that covers the Internet as opposed to just one network. These offerings include: network- and premise-based route optimization solutions, colocation, VPN, content distribution and managed security services.
Internap currently serves more than 2,100 customers, including Fortune 1000 and mid-tier enterprises in the financial services, government, travel/hospitality, manufacturing, media/entertainment, technology and retail industries. The company provides services throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, please visit the company website at www.internap.com.
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