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Akamai, Riverbed team up on accelerating cloud-based applications

Anuradha Shukla | May 13, 2011
Developing a joint application acceleration solution for hybrid cloud networks.

Akamai Technologies and Riverbed Technology are working on a joint offering that promises to solve the application performance problems challenging enterprises that leverage public cloud services.

Both companies are currently developing a joint application acceleration solution for hybrid cloud networks that leverages a combination of Internet optimisation and wide area network (WAN) optimisation.

This solution would be designed to accelerate cloud-based applications, says Akamai Technologies, a provider of cloud optimisation services and IT performance company Riverbed Technology.

The joint offering is scheduled for release in early 2012. 

Commenting on the rationale of the announcement, the companies say businesses today are keen on adopting public cloud computing services to avoid costly infrastructure build out, and to bring efficiency to business models.

Thus, new solutions are required to cross hurdles associated with the performance, availability, scalability and security issues raised by this hybrid network environment. 

Technology integration

Under the agreement between the two companies, Akamai Internet optimisation software would be integrated within Riverbed Steelhead appliances.

Riverbed WAN optimisation software would also be integrated within Akamai edge servers. This move will extend WAN optimisation into the public cloud, and thus extend Riverbed's edge from the data centre to close proximity to cloud data centres.

"The rapid move to the cloud presents new opportunities for two industry leaders, Riverbed and Akamai, to create solutions for enterprises to simplify their extension to the cloud while leveraging the infrastructure they already have in place," said Eric Wolford, executive vice president of marketing and business development, Riverbed. "Accelerating software-as-a-service, for example, across a hybrid cloud environment helps businesses increase application adoption. We believe that greater adoption means improved business results, operating and infrastructure savings, and user productivity."

"Akamai's highly-distributed architecture is close to any public cloud infrastructure and Riverbed Steelhead appliances stretch across thousands of enterprise IT networks from the data centre to the branch office and mobile worker," said Willie Tejada, vice president, application and site acceleration, Akamai. "The alliance is focused on marrying best-in-class protocol optimisations for maximum acceleration and infrastructure offload.  Together, both companies expect to provide a seamless solution with quick time-to-value while leveraging each other's existing footprints."


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