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Army National Guard Selects Leading Digital Media Solutions for Distributive Training Technology Project.

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ROCKVILLE, Md. & FOSTER CITY, Calif. & SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 19, 2001--

Artesia Technologies, Inktomi and Virage to Enable Live and

On-Demand Delivery of e-Learning Content to

Army National Guard Members

Artesia Technologies, Inktomi Corp. (Nasdaq:INKT) and Virage Inc. (Nasdaq:VRGE) today announced that the Army National Guard has selected digital media encoding, distribution and management solutions from their companies as key components for the Army National Guard's Distributive Training Technology Project (DTTP). Established in 1995, the DTTP is a federal distributed training project that allows Guardsmen the opportunity to receive highly effective and timely training in classrooms across the country. In addition to improving military readiness, the DTTP yields significant time and cost savings for the Army National Guard and enhances recruitment and retention efforts through the availability of improved educational resources.

"The DTTP initiative is designed to improve readiness and the overall command and control process while providing an e-learning technology foundation that federal and state agencies, academia, business and industry can leverage," said Susan Dix, chief technology officer, DTTP initiative. "A critical component of this effort is providing secure, reliable and effective online education and training to National Guard members. With the support of leading technology providers like Artesia, Inktomi and Virage, we have assembled a proven team to help us meet this requirement."

The technology foundation for the DTTP initiative is a new architecture, the Guard Content Management System (GCMS), which pre-positions e-learning content at the edge of the Army National Guard's network in hundreds of classrooms. In designing and building the GCMS, the Army National Guard has selected leading solutions for capturing and encoding, distributing, logging, storing and managing live and on-demand video and other forms of rich media content. Through the effective organization, delivery and management of these rich media assets, the Army National Guard will gain the ability to more quickly and efficiently provide e-learning content for individual, group and global training initiatives.
-- Artesia's TEAMS solution will function as a back-end digital media
repository for managing multiple types of media and supporting front-end
applications such as learning management systems and media portals.

-- The Inktomi(R) Content Networking Platform will allow the Army National
Guard to deliver rich, live and on-demand video training content to more than
280 classrooms in its initial phase. Inktomi content networking software will
distribute and store this information close to users for high performance
delivery.

-- Virage's SmartEncode Suite will provide automated capture, encoding and
indexing capabilities for on-demand video.


All of these technologies support the Department of Defense's Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM), an XML-based standard for ensuring the interoperability of educational content regardless of access device, enabling users throughout the Army National Guard to find, access and share content from a variety of federal sources.

About Artesia Technologies

Artesia Technologies is the market leader in enterprise Digital Asset Management (DAM). Artesia's core product, TEAMS, enables organizations to capture, manage, and dynamically re-express valuable rich-media assets -- video, audio, images, graphics, and text -- and leverage them to exploit new business opportunities requiring targeted delivery of rich media. In addition, TEAMS' open API and support for industry standards such as Java, CORBA, and XML, enable the creation of enterprise-scale solutions.

Artesia's blue-ribbon customers include thought leaders as impressive and diverse as Time Warner Trade Publishing, General Motors, Random House, Herman Miller, The FeedRoom, Stanford University and many more. TEAMS is a recipient for the second consecutive year of the prestigious Crossroads 2001 A-List Award within the "Management and Reuse of Multimedia Assets" category, and the software was also recognized by the Seybold Report on Internet Publishing with the editor's "Hot Pick" following its most recent release.

For additional information on Artesia Technologies, please visit our web site at www.artesia.com.

About Inktomi

Based in Foster City, Calif., Inktomi develops and markets network infrastructure software essential for global enterprises and service providers. Inktomi's business is divided into Network Products, comprised of industry leading solutions for network caching, content distribution, media broadcasting, and wireless technologies; and Search Solutions, which include general Web search and related services, and enterprise search. Inktomi's customer and strategic partner base includes leading companies such as America Online, AT&T, Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard Company, Intel, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Nokia, Sun Microsystems and Yahoo! The company has offices in North America, Asia and Europe. For more information, visit http://www.inktomi.com/.

About Virage

Headquartered in San Mateo, Calif., Virage is the leading provider of video content management and publishing solutions. The Virage Video Application Platform transforms video into an effective online medium that is easy to publish, manage and distribute on the Internet or corporate intranets. The Virage platform provides content owners with the complete infrastructure for seamlessly integrating streaming video into business, entertainment and information applications. From ABC to Yahoo!, well over 300 customers across a broad range of markets have turned to Virage to help them improve production efficiencies and create new revenue opportunities with video. Check out Virage at http://www.virage.com.

Artesia and TEAMS are trademarks of Artesia Technologies.

Inktomi and the tri-colored cube design are trademarks or registered trademarks of Inktomi Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other names are the property of their respective trademark holders. Virage and VideoLogger are registered trademarks. The Virage logo, Virage Application Server and SmartEncode are trademarks of Virage, Inc. Other company product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others, and are hereby acknowledged.
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