When Digital island was founded more than three years ago, it was one of the pioneers in Internet data caching, or storing information in servers around the world for speedy access by Web surfers and corporate users. By building data centres in Honolulu, San Jose and New York and then distributing content through local partners, Digital Island locked in some major global customers, including Microsoft, Disney and e-Trade. Now, with competitors such as Level 3 and Akamai nipping at its heels, Digital Island is still in expansion mode. The company plans to open its sixth data centre on Thursday, a 30,000-square-foot facility in Tokyo. That is just a few months after completing its acquisition of competitor Sandpiper Networks and about six months since opening its Hong kong centre. Digital Island is also on the lookout for more partners in Hong Kong and the region, as part of an ambitious plan to raise its number of content distributors to 6,2000 by 2003 - up from 1,200 as of January. Digital Island president Leo Spiegel and regional manager Catherine Carlton spoke with Technology Post about the company's plans for Asia, stock market conditions in the United States and Digital Island's strategy for facing the global competition. Excerpts of the interview can be found at technology.scm[p.com.