Akamai Technologies, a provider of global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, has unveiled an innovative solution for accelerating Web-based enterprise applications.
The new Web Application Accelerator will be offered as a managed service which will enable enterprises to extend dynamic, highly-interactive, externally-facing Web applications, including customer-facing portals, collaboration platforms, E-Learning environments, and business-to-business commerce, to the Akamai platform.
Akamai believes that web application performance has a strong impact on overall business performance and that enterprise IT professionals face ongoing challenges in delivering centrally-located and managed web applications on a global scale. It asserts that online applications, which represent critical business processes, are often slow, unreliable and unpredictable, affecting user adoption, satisfaction and productivity.
The result is that inefficient web applications can inhibit revenue growth and prove costly to IT professionals tasked with optimising application performance.
Akamai will accelerate customers’ dynamic web application content using a number of techniques, such as: dynamic mapping of user requests to an optimal Akamai edge server; route optimisation technology to avoid Internet problem spots, sending application transactions over Internet paths that are fast and reliable; connection optimisation technology including compression, long-lived inter-server connections, content pre-fetching, and transport protocol optimisation; delivering applications over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and through integration with leading access control mechanisms; flexible caching technology that store dynamic pages according to customised business rules set by the customer.