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Akamai tools help build on-demand strategy

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.

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


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