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Exodus Accelerates Content Distribution for Global Companies; Customers from Major Industry Sectors Rely on Exodus Network Acceleration Services Powered by Mirror Image Internet.

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. & WOBURN, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2001

Exodus Communications(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:EXDS), the leader in complex Internet hosting and managed services, and Mirror Image Internet, an innovative provider of Internet content delivery services and a subsidiary of Xcelera Inc. (AMEX:XLA), today announced that premier companies in publishing, entertainment, online shopping, hardware and software are achieving dramatic improvements in end-user experiences from Exodus(R) Network Acceleration Services(TM).

Built on Mirror Image's Content Access Point(TM) (CAP) network and its instaContent Global Distribution services, Exodus Network Acceleration Services enable these customers to instantly scale content distribution for time- and performance-sensitive activities such as online auctions and tournaments, digital image distribution and online commerce, regardless of spikes in demand or Internet events.

Since Exodus began offering the Mirror Image instaContent solution in December 2000, organizations including Corbis, one of the leading digital providers of photography and fine art imagery; OpenSystems, a leading developer of network intelligence software; Teen.com, the premier Web site experience for teenagers and a subsidiary of Youthstream Media Networks (Nasdaq:NETS); WorldWinner.com, a revolutionary Web site with skill based online tournament games; and GoodHome.com, a leading e-tailer and consumer resource for home decorating, have deployed the service, to speed millions of end-users' transactions, real-time online interaction, and use of rich digital content.

Exodus Network Acceleration Services are part of the company's three-tiered distribution platform for high-speed, reliable delivery of Internet content, streaming media and applications; the platform is designed to eliminate latency at every level and eradicate the need to route requests back to the content origin server. According to International Data Corporation, the U.S. content distribution market will increase from $10 million in 1999 to nearly $1 billion in 2004.

"Exodus recognizes that with mass-market-scale adoption of e-commerce, participation in auctions and other consumer activities, content delivery is vital to our customers' success. We are pleased to help leading companies such as Corbis and Open Systems consistently exceed end-users' demands for Web site responsiveness and functionality, and enhance productivity for material gains in performance and return on investment," said Ellen M. Hancock, chairman and CEO, Exodus Communications.

"Combining our managed and professional service offerings, state-of-the-art facilities and expertise with the innovative solution from Mirror Image, our powerful global network acceleration and other content distribution capabilities are driving vast improvements in Internet performance, and let customers not only focus on their core business, but develop a strategy for rapid growth," said Hancock.

"We are excited about our customer successes, as we work in tandem with Exodus to offer the premier architecture for accelerating Internet content the world over," said Cos Santullo, president and CEO, of Mirror Image Internet. "Together, the Exodus and Mirror Image offerings provide businesses with a clear value proposition and a network acceleration service that goes unmatched in the industry."

Customer Success: OpenSystems

OpenSystems relies on Exodus Network Acceleration Services to ensure efficient delivery of mission-critical network intelligence software to its end-customers worldwide. More than 3,000 e-business companies, from government agencies to Fortune 100 companies, use OpenSystems' sophisticated Private(R) Intelligence Suite to identify security threats and analyze traffic for enterprise and employee efficiency improvements, as well as to cache massive volumes of traffic log data.

"Because our customers depend on OpenSystems technology to streamline and safeguard exchange of data, we cannot risk slow, incomplete or inconsistent delivery of our software. Exodus Network Acceleration Services help ensure our customers download OpenSystems solutions quickly and successfully," said Ken Reiff, director of marketing at OpenSystems.

"Working with Exodus and Mirror Image has enabled us to significantly enhance our global distribution and grow our business, without dedicating resources to building out our network infrastructure, so we can continue to build on our expertise in network intelligence solutions."

How Exodus Network Acceleration Services Work

Exodus Network Acceleration Services are made possible through the secure Mirror Image Content Access Point (CAP) network, established around the world and throughout Exodus' Internet Data Center (IDC) network. CAP facilities are strategically located in areas with the highest concentration of end-users and Web traffic, allowing Internet traffic to be distributed to millions of end users significantly faster than traditional traffic flow. To maximize performance, availability and resiliency, each CAP features Mirror Image's patented technology and state-of-the-art equipment and software from top vendors including Cisco, HP, Oracle and Sun. Powered by this robust network, Exodus Network Acceleration Services deliver unparalleled reliability and security.

Customers' content can be reached via CAPs deployed throughout the Internet at strategic locations where Web traffic and content are greatest. Customers are provided instant scalability to handle unexpected surges in demand around-the-clock. They also receive an accurate report of instances of traffic redirection to CAPs, and are therefore able to determine what data to cache and where to do so based on empiric usage information, as well as to plan a profitable, effective strategy for content development and distribution over time.

Legacy of Performance

Exodus has continued to develop products and services to help its customers boost their Web performance. Exodus made an equity investment in Mirror Image last year with the express purpose of leveraging the company's CAP technology to significantly improve customers' Web performance. Other recent content performance enhancement developments include Exodus' introduction of streaming media design and delivery services, an array of content storage solutions, performance reliability measurement and monitoring, and participation in the Content Bridge industry alliance. Exodus continues to add professionals with content distribution support expertise to its professional services organization, as well.

Exodus hosts mission-critical Internet operations for approximately 4,000 companies worldwide, in the world's largest global network of IDCs. Exodus IDCs are designed for 24 x 7 operations in a state-of-the-art physical and technological environment; connectivity comprises a highly redundant Internet backbone and hundreds of network exchange relationships, for bandwidth that far surpasses the needs of Exodus customers, and performance capable of a peak Internet exchange rate of over 13 Gbps. Best-of-breed services encompass security, performance management and monitoring, Internet disaster recovery, site architecture, and round-the-clock monitoring and support.

According to a recent report from International Data Corporation, the Web hosting market is expected to grow from $1.8 billion in 1999 to $17.6 billion by 2003. International Data Corporation also reported in an April 2000 bulletin that Exodus is the top U.S.-based hosting service provider, leading the industry in Web hosting market share.

About Mirror Image Internet

Mirror Image Internet, an innovative provider of Internet content delivery services, consistently offers fast and reliable online content regardless of location or volume demand. Principally owned by Xcelera Inc. (AMEX:XLA), Mirror Image Internet serves companies through its headquarters in Woburn, Massachusetts, and major offices in London, Sweden, Frankfurt, Singapore and Tokyo. For more information on Mirror Image and Xcelera, please visit www.mirror-image.com and www.xcelera.com.

About Exodus Communications

Exodus Communications is the leading provider of complex Internet hosting for enterprises with mission-critical Internet operations. The company offers sophisticated system and network management solutions along with professional services to provide optimal performance for customers' Web sites. Exodus manages its network infrastructure via a worldwide network of Internet Data Centers (IDCs) located in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information on Exodus can be found at www.exodus.net.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially due to a number of risks, including: the technological and operational challenges of developing, deploying and delivering Exodus' Network Acceleration Services. The matters discussed in this press release also involve risks and uncertainties described from time to time in Exodus' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In particular, see "Other Factors" in Exodus' quarterly and annual reports filed with the SEC. Exodus does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

Note to Editors: Exodus Communications and Exodus are trademarks for Exodus Communications, Inc., and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Content Access Point is a registered trademark and instaContent is a service mark of Mirror Image Internet, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.
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