|Amanda D Curtis
Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Companies Team to Offer Solution for Secure Automated Electronic Software Delivery and Entitlement Management
BALTIMORE, MD – March 30, 2010 - SafeNet, Inc., a global leader in information security, and Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKAM, news, filings), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions, enterprise applications online, today announced they have entered into a new relationship that enables software vendors to combine a user-friendly, automated entitlement management solution and a secure, scalable electronic software delivery solution.
Together, the two solutions combine the back office licensing fulfillment and automation features of Sentinel EMS, SafeNet's web based entitlement management platform, with the secure and reliable download functionality of Akamai's Electronic Software Delivery solution. The resulting solution is designed to enable software vendors to improve their end-user software purchasing and activation experience, while protecting revenue and reducing internal operating costs.
"SafeNet and Akamai have entered into this partnership with one goal - to bring together our complimentary solutions to create a cost-effective electronic software management and delivery solution for companies to more easily secure and automate their software purchasing, delivery, and license management processes," said Rich Kennelly, Vice President of Media at Akamai.
Customer experience, revenue protection, and resource optimization are top of mind for all organizations, including software vendors. SafeNet and Akamai have nearly four decades of combined experience helping software vendors improve usability and reduce operating costs to maximize profitability. SafeNet solutions automate order entry, fulfillment, and license management. Akamai's Electronic Delivery platform is architected to give companies an alternative to physical distribution and allow them to create a customized, branded download experience, increase consumer engagement, improve conversion rates and garner business-critical download analytics reporting and data. Together, the solutions are designed to improve the end-user experience and enable software vendors to maximize profitability with secure, automated electronic software delivery.
"The core business value of Sentinel EMS is the system's ability to reduce the cost and complexity of software fulfillment management for software vendors through automation. Similarly, Akamai's industry-leading solutions have demonstrated unmatched global scale and reliability that significantly reduce software delivery costs," said Chris Holland, vice president, software rights management, SafeNet. "By joining forces, SafeNet and Akamai are now able to provide customers with the ultimate business process improvement solution for achieving maximum profitability."
SafeNet's Sentinel® solutions meet the unique license enablement, enforcement, and management requirements of any organization. The solution is easy to integrate and use, innovative, and feature-focused and provides anti-piracy, IP protection, license enablement, and license management challenges while increasing overall profitability, improving internal operations, maintaining competitive positioning, and enhancing relationships with their customers and end users.
The Akamai Difference
Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognized brands across diverse industries. The alternative to centralized Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable and secure place to inform, entertain, advertise, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit www.akamai.com.
About SafeNet, Inc.
SafeNet is a global leader in information security, founded more than 25 years ago. The Company protects identities, transactions, communications, data and software licensing through a full spectrum of encryption technologies, including hardware, software, and chips. More than 25,000 corporate and government customers in 100 countries including UBS, Nokia, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Bank of America, Adobe, Cisco, Microsoft, Samsung, Texas Instruments, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, trust their security needs to SafeNet. In 2007, SafeNet was acquired by Vector Capital, a $2 billion private equity firm specializing in the technology sector. For more information, visit www.safenet-inc.com.
Editor's Note: SafeNet and SafeNet Sentinel are registered trademarks of SafeNet, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai'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 hackers or others, changes in SafeNet technology or to Akamai's technology such that they are no longer inter-operable, failure of our services to operate as expected, unexpected termination of Akamai’s relationship with SafeNet, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure, and other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.