Akamai Positioned In ’Visionaries’ Quadrant In 2007 Magic Quadrant For Application Delivery Products
CAMBRIDGE, MA — Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and applications online, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the ’Visionaries’ quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Products, 2007” report. Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst Mark Fabbi and research vice president Joe Skorupa evaluated application delivery vendors based on their ability to execute and the completeness of their vision. Gartner is a research and advisory firm that helps more than 60,000 clients worldwide understand technology and drive business growth.
Gartner evaluated the vendors against holistic criteria that included the company’s vision, execution, market understanding, sales strategy, innovation, business model, market responsiveness, track record, and customer service experience.
Akamai has established itself as a leading managed service provider and alternative to hardware-based solutions. Operating a distributed network of servers in over 750 cities around the world, Akamai’s services are designed to ensure consistent application acceleration on behalf of its customers, while alleviating the need for businesses to deploy appliances. Enterprises can extend their dynamic, highly-interactive Web applications including customer-facing portals, collaboration platforms, E-Learning environments, and business-to-business commerce, across the Akamai global platform to achieve greater utilization and adoption.
“We are very pleased with Akamai’s placement in the ’visionaries’ quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Products,” said Tom Leighton, co-founder and chief scientist of Akamai. “Global customer adoption of our Web Application Accelerator solution demonstrates the business need for a massively-distributed managed service offering. Akamai’s architecture is unique in being able to place mission-critical application logic close to end user requests. With 25,000 deployed servers in over 900 individual networks, Akamai addresses the bottlenecks associated with the middle-mile of the Internet. A hardware-based alternative or a centralized service built using a few regional deployments simply cannot cost-effectively scale to meet the performance and availability needs for businesses seeking widespread adoption of their Web applications.”
Akamai’s Web Application Accelerator is an innovative solution for accelerating a wide variety of Web-based enterprise applications via the Akamai Platform, a globally-deployed network of secure, performance-optimized servers that overlay the existing Internet. Using a number of unique techniques including dynamic mapping, route optimization and connection optimization technology, Akamai avoids problems that occur on the Internet, delivering consistent, improved application performance and availability for users worldwide.
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