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PRESS RELEASE: eXaNetworks Launches Low-Cost, Low-Bandwidth Digital Photo Sharing Service
PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 11, 2004--eXaNetworks Inc. (www.exanetworks.com) today announced the debut of a revolutionary low-bandwidth photo sharing technology and infrastructure that will simplify photo sharing by digital photographers and commercial licensees to specified end users. eXaNetworks unveiled the service at the Photo Marketing Association International (PMA) Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas.
"Explosive growth in digital camera technology has driven demand for a more efficient and cost-effective digital photo sharing solution," said Patrick Serex, founder, president and CEO of eXaNetworks. "Our low-bandwidth solution significantly reduces vendors' operating expenses while enhancing the end users' experience." Using eXaNetworks' proprietary photo sharing application, digital image publishers will be able to easily organize, share, and control access to their content. Unlike other leading photo sharing services, end users will require no software and be able to view photos through a simple Web interface on any standard browser at no charge. eXaNetworks' photo sharing technology will soon be available for both Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh platforms. A Linux version of the application is in development.
The company will initially market its services to photofinishing labs. Other planned markets include C2C, professional photographers, and OEMs. Serex noted that leading server-centric photo-sharing services require high-end servers, resulting in a higher cost of scaling. "When you have many thousands of users, server-centric photo sharing services are a nightmare to manage," he said. "They require enormous bandwidth, expensive infrastructure, complex backup systems, and a great deal of capital to maintain. With eXaNetworks' solution, the cost of servers grows linearly with number of paying accounts."
"eXaNetworks has resolved the deficiencies of traditional, server-centric services," said Michael Spindler, member of eXaNetworks Board of Directors and former CEO of Apple Computers Inc. "eXaNetworks is able to offer a compelling and very efficient photo sharing service using a peer-to-peer application tailored to digital photography because its system uses second-generation technologies."
eXaNetworks Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Portland, OR, and was established by president and CEO Patrick Serex, founder of FotoWire (now Silverwire), which invented "e-photofinishing." eXaNetworks is developing an innovative, efficient and cost-effective technology and infrastructure for digital photo sharing solutions for consumers, professional photographers, photofinishing labs, and OEMs. For more information visit www.exanetworks.com.