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Akamai Makes Available New Application Delivery Reference Architecture for the Global Enterprise


* Reference architecture highlights role of Akamai services working together with Cisco Application Networking Services (ANS) to address any access method, for any type of user, anywhere in the world, on any device

CAMBRIDGE, MA .- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, made available today a new application delivery reference architecture for the global enterprise. Published together with Cisco®, a white paper detailing the reference architecture was introduced by Akamai at its 2nd Annual Global Customer Conference, and is also available at

The application delivery needs of a global enterprise are dynamic and complex. Given the ever-changing conditions that today’s businesses face and must adapt to, organizations have learned that a single product is not sufficient to meet the full range of application delivery scenarios for all users across the enterprise and beyond. A suite of coherent products and services, all working in concert, is required to handle the diverse range of information access methods, user types, and classes of applications typical of global enterprises.

Working together, Akamai and Cisco provide a reference architecture that combines both companies’ best-in-class offerings in the data center, branch office, and Internet cloud to provide organizations with outstanding end-to-end application delivery solutions for improving the speed, security, scalability and consistency of application delivery. These combined technologies are designed to provide a variety of business benefits, including improved user productivity and operations, simplified IT infrastructure environment, and revenue gains, helping give businesses the agility they need to move forward in today’s world.

“The new reference architecture is intended to make it easier for enterprises to understand how to put together all the necessary application delivery products and services into a comprehensive solution for the global enterprise,” said Willie M. Tejada, vice president, Application and Site Acceleration, Akamai. “This becomes especially important as the boundaries between the private-WAN and Internet cloud continue to blur.”

Akamai Application Performance Solutions (APS) are the first family of managed Internet delivery services for both dynamic Web and IP-enabled applications. Gartner expects total end user spending to reach a total of $4.1 billion worldwide on application delivery products and WAN optimization products by 2013 (Gartner: Forecast: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 2006-2014, Sept. 2009).

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