Akamai Technologies is launching a set of tools and services for managing applications and content across the internet.
The tools include EdgeControl, an application which includes a management center for network visibility and integration with network management tools Hewlett-Packard OpenView and IBM Tivoli NetView. It also offers Soap and WSDL services interfaces for connecting business processes.
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ECMC (EdgeControl Management Center), offers network management tools for fault management, configuration, account management, performance monitoring, and security.
Akamai's goal is to bring much-needed visibility and control to internet-based applications and content, according to vice president of engineering and network management Akamai Rich Kennelly.
"This is enabling a fundamental shift in how applications are deployed on the internet," Kennelly said. "EdgeControl gives a consolidated view of the network, content, users, and applications.
"When you add the management aspect, you are giving customers an enterprise-class platform to distribute applications in an on-demand fashion," he added.
Evolving from its roots in static content delivery, Akamai has been smart to move into the on-demand computing arena, said George Hamilton, senior analyst at The Yankee Group.
"Akamai is filling in a gap in the Internet piece of the on-demand computing architecture, he added. "It is not about caching static content, but executing J2EE application code in their infrastructure."
Cathleen Moore writes for InfoWorld