Citrix and Akamai team up

Citrix and Akamai to partner to improve web application delivery.

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By  Sean Robson Published  May 28, 2008

Citrix and Akamai announced today that they will be collaborating to enhance web application delivery for enterprise customers.

The collaboration will bring together Citrix's premise-based NetScaler product line and Akamai's cloud-based Web Application Accelerator service in order to deliver end-to-end web application delivery to both internet and enterprise customers.

"This initiative is strategic for both Akamai and Citrix as it marks the beginning of a close collaboration between two market leaders that will focus on optimising total cost of ownership and performance experiences for customers via a new class of application delivery controller services," said Mark Templeton, president and chief executive officer, Citrix Systems. "Optimisation of the user experience will happen in the datacentre, at the edge of the network and in the internet cloud, allowing IT to deliver any application to any user with the best performance, security and cost savings possible."

According to the two companies the combination of these products and services will make it easier for customers and integration partners to combine each company's web application delivery offerings into integrated solutions that enhance the performance, scalability and security of enterprise web applications.

The benefits that the two industry players believe their collaboration will bring include faster web application performance, greater infrastructure scalability, higher application availability and deeper application security.

Citrix and Akamai intend to establish both a partner assistance program as well as an online community. The former is intended to help integrators establish practices to implement the two solutions together at customer sites; the latter will be used as a tool to enable enterprise customers to share best practices and experiences.

"Today's enterprise, dependent on the Internet to serve a global audience of customers, partners, and employees, has made optimized application delivery a top priority," said Paul Sagan, president and CEO of Akamai. "Together, Akamai and Citrix solutions create one end-to-end solution that allows customers to maximize their investment quickly while benefiting from faster application performance, greater infrastructure scalability, higher application availability and deeper application security."

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