Part of multi-phase initiative
IBM has unveiled new offerings that are designed to speed the delivery of Web and cloud applications to the employees, partners and customers who rely on them.
The offerings are part of a multi-phase initiative that integrates IBM WebSphere technology with Akamai’s application delivery network.
As part of its relationship with Akamai, IBM has introduced WebSphere Application Accelerator for Public Networks and also plans to make two additional offerings, WebSphere Application Accelerator for Hybrid Networks, and a supporting product- DataPower Edge Appliance XE82.
IBM said that the WebSphere Application Accelerator for Public Networks helps businesses deliver applications faster by reducing the time it takes for information to move from the data centre to users on the public Internet.
The offering also helps protect and secure applications through a scalable network of servers that can be instantly called upon to serve unexpected bursts of traffic or to protect against intentionally malicious attacks.
Further, to speed enterprise access to public cloud and software as a service applications, IBM plans to introduce its WebSphere Application Accelerator for Hybrid Networks, which will create a hybrid network between private enterprise networks and the public Internet.
However, to bring Akamai’s technology into their private networks, clients using IBM WebSphere Application Accelerator for Hybrid Networks will require IBM’s DataPower Edge Appliance XE82, said the company.
In addition, IBM’s DataPower Edge Appliance XE82 is expected to help clients using IBM WebSphere Application Accelerator for Public Networks achieve faster application delivery while reducing data centre, infrastructure and network costs.
IBM application and integration middleware general manager Marie Wieck said the applications they depend on both as consumers and in the enterprise require a great deal of data centre resources.
"The new offerings we’ve created in collaboration with Akamai provide clients with a cost-effective and secure way of speeding the delivery of applications from the enterprise through the Internet to the end-user and back," Wieck said.