WAN optimisation vendor Riverbed Technology is teaming up with Akamai on a platform designed to speed the performance of popular cloud computing environments.
The Steelhead Cloud Accelerator will allow Riverbed's flagship WAN optimisation appliance to map out the fastest connection to datacentres and maintain optimal speeds when connecting to cloud computing platforms.
Designed as a software update for Steelhead appliances, the Cloud Accelerator maps out connections to Akamai server facilities near the physical location of the datacentre used to run cloud computing platforms.
In test cases, the firms said that the platform provided connection speeds roughly 52 times that of normal connections.
Upon launch, the subscription service will provide optimisation for Salesforce.com, Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps. The companies plan to add support for additional services over the course of the year.
Akamai enterprise cloud director of product marketing Michael Cucchi told V3 that the aim of the platform was to provide faster connections to cloud services and to help relieve network congestion caused by users accessing cloud applications.
"Enterprises are adopting SaaS, but it is changing traffic behaviour, traffic patterns and traffic amounts," Cucchi said.
"As we adopt SaaS in more of our user base, those links will become even more challenged."
Additionally, the platform will help users to avoid service disruption by re-routing traffic around areas affected by natural disasters or outages.
Riverbed Steelhead product marketing manager Joe Ghory told V3 that the platform, which can be deployed by administrators on existing Steelhead appliances, would also help companies manage the transition from on-premise applications and private clouds to hosted services.
"The goal for Riverbed is to give customers the freedom to have an application where they want it regardless of the network they have today," Ghory said.
"While there are going to be those revolutionary companies that go with one fell swoop, the reality is that most comps are going to take a more tentative approach."
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