IBM and Web application acceleration specialist Akamai have delivered the first products from their partnership, designed to speed the delivery of cloud-based applications.

The companies announced the availability of WebSphere Application Accelerator for Public Networks. The product is designed to speed the response time of cloud-based applications and scale to meet sudden bursts in demand or protect against malicious attacks.

“Enterprise users of cloud-based or software-as-a-service applications are often subjected to unacceptable performance and availability,” Willie Tejada, vice president of application and site acceleration for Akamai, said in a statement. “Together, IBM and Akamai have the technology needed to address the challenges posed by these increasingly popular application delivery models.”

IBM and Akamai first announced their cloud partnership in May 2010. At that time the companies said they would take part in a multi-phase collaboration to integrate their technologies.

The companies said the next step will be to introduce IBM WebSphere Application Accelerator for hybrid networks. The technology will allow for the creation of a hybrid network between private enterprise networks and the public Internet.

IBM also plans to soon deliver a DataPower Edge Appliance XE82, which will allow enterprises to take advantage of the benefits offered by Akamai’s application acceleration technology inside their firewalls.


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