Akamai Technologies, Inc., a service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, has announced the general availability of Web Application Accelerator, a solution for accelerating Web-based enterprise applications. The managed service is designed to enable enterprises to extend dynamic, interactive, externally-facing Web applications, including customer-facing portals, collaboration platforms, elearning environments, and business-to-business commerce, to the Akamai platform.
The Akamai Web Application Accelerator service is intended to leverage Akamai's globally-deployed platform to deliver consistent, improved application performance for users worldwide. The activation of this service is designed to be simple and non-intrusive, requiring a single DNS change by the customer. Akamai accelerates customers' dynamic Web application content using a number of techniques. For example: Dynamic mapping of user requests to an optimal Akamai edge server allows Akamai to respond in real time to changing Internet conditions, alleviating the impact of network problems and improving availability of customer applications; Route optimization technology enables Akamai to avoid Internet problem spots, sending application transactions over Internet paths that are fast and reliable; Connection optimization technology incorporates a number of capabilities, including compression, long-lived inter-server connections, content pre-fetching, and transport protocol optimization; Application security is maintained by delivering applications over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and through integration with access control mechanisms that enterprises may already have in place; and Flexible caching technology enables Akamai to store dynamic pages according to customized business rules set by the customer.
The Akamai Web Application Accelerator service includes tools that give enterprises the visibility and control to help them optimize their site's performance and ensure the effectiveness of application delivery via Akamai's EdgeControl Management Center. Akamai has become a member of the Apdex Alliance, a group of companies collaborating to establish an application performance index to measure user satisfaction with the performance of enterprise applications. Generally available immediately, the Akamai Web Application Accelerator service is priced per customer application.