April 24, 2001, 10:56 AM — At start-up Surgient Networks, it's the box that's generating so much excitement. Neither a device nor an appliance, the company's network platform provides differentiated levels of service for an array of Internet applications including content delivery, streaming media and storage.
Able to support gigabit speeds, Surgient's platform can sit at the edge of a network or reside in its core, depending on the application. Target customers include service providers, content providers and companies that need to provision end-to-end services.
One early partner is Enron Broadband Services, which is interested in Surgient's platform for delivery of differentiated services for streaming video and networked storage.
Exactly what's inside Surgient's box is somewhat of a mystery. But that will change this summer, when Surgient plans to announce general availability of its platform and its first customers.
To meet this deadline, Surgient's management team is encouraging its 115 employees to keep their noses to the grindstone. To make that easier, Surgient provides many concierge functions; it even brought in a florist on Valentine's Day so employees could send flowers to their loved ones.