Telecommunications equipment maker Lucent Technologies on Monday said that it will use products from Network Appliance and Inktomi in software targeted at ISPs (Internet service providers). The Lucent software, called Kenan IP Services Software, will help ISPs deliver and bill customers for the Internet bandwidth and the specific content services they use, similar to the way an electric company charges customers for the amount of electricity consumed. Examples of services include streaming video, video on demand, Web storage and voice over IP, which are voice calls transmitted using IP (Internet protocol) in the form of packets rather than as a continuous connection.
The Lucent billing software works with Network Appliance's Center-to-Edge software, which helps store and deliver computer data, and Inktomi's Content Networking Platform, software that helps manage and distribute Internet content. Network Appliance competes with EMC and makes hardware and software to handle the computer data storage needs of businesses. In addition to network software, Inktomi makes Internet search and wireless data software.