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Managed Services for Web Application Acceleration Continue to Produce Immediate Business Impact

January 11, 2010 by  

Web Hosting ToolboxCAMBRIDGE, MA – Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM – News), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced insight gained into the return on investment of its Web Application Acceleration managed services.

By implementing application acceleration through a managed services approach, enterprises can deploy bandwidth-intensive applications in IT environments without sacrificing network performance or compromising broader IT cost-saving initiatives. The approach is designed to lessen the need to invest in additional servers, bandwidth, or application acceleration network equipment to support distributed application usage, reducing up-front capital expenditures as well as the IT staff time needed to deploy and manage the application acceleration implementation. The managed services approach can also help enterprises provide consistent high availability and performance to geographically dispersed end users.


A recently published IDC whitepaper sponsored by Akamai1 assesses and quantifies the business benefits of Akamai’s Web Application Accelerator solution. Based on the actual results of 12 enterprise customers, including comScore and ETS, the IDC whitepaper reports an average cost savings of $1.8M per optimized application for enterprises using Akamai Web Application Acceleration Services in the first year. The enterprises also experienced an average total return on investment in the first 2.2 months after implementation, and 580 percent ROI based on IT cost savings alone.

Akamai Application Acceleration Services enable enterprises to deploy bandwidth-intensive applications without sacrificing network performance or compromising broader IT cost-saving initiatives. Enterprises select Akamai to meet business requirements without the need for broad-scale datacenter build-outs. The Akamai managed service delivery model provides immediate efficiency gains and cost savings by reducing the need to invest in additional servers, bandwidth, or application acceleration network equipment to support distributed applications. The solution ensures consistent high-availability and application performance to geographically dispersed end users. Additionally, it reduces up-front capital expenditures and IT resources needed to deploy and manage the application acceleration implementation.

“This research provides useful insights into the kinds of business results that are possible with the Akamai Web Application Acceleration service,” said Willie M. Tejada, Vice President Application and Site Acceleration, at Akamai Technologies. “It’s our mission to deliver the performance, scalability and application user experience that our enterprise customers require. We are pleased to see so many of our customers achieve solid business results and rapid ROI from their Akamai investment, and we look forward to continuing to work with them to meet the increasing demands of their businesses.”

Akamai Web Application Acceleration: Driving Business Results for Enterprises
comScore’s network, which it uses to collect and compile data from the millions of Internet and mobile research panelists around the world, is a fundamental component of the company’s operations. Looking to scale its business to accommodate the growth in Internet traffic and achieve other strategic objectives, comScore needed to increase the traffic into its datacenter by about 10-20 times. Facing the prospect of an expensive and time-consuming infrastructure buildout, comScore instead chose to scale by adopting the Akamai Web Application Accelerator service.

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