Akamai powers up Ion web performance solution

  • Claims it’s faster, easier and more intelligent; 2 new editions too
  • Helps businesses deliver reliable and secure user experiences
Akamai powers up Ion web performance solution

AKAMAI Technologies Inc has announced several new capabilities within its flagship web performance solution, Akamai Ion.
Introduced at the company’s annual customer conference, these enhancements are aimed at further improving website and application performance; offering increased self-serviceability of customers’ Akamai environments; and providing greater intelligence and insight on the user experience, Akamai said in a statement.
In addition, Akamai said it has diversified its Ion product line in an effort to better meet the situational performance requirements for a wider variety of online businesses.
By combining real-time actionable insight, dynamic site optimisation, and front-end optimisation into a single, powerful solution, Akamai said Ion can help deliver fast, quality web experiences independent of the user’s browser, device, data source or network or connection type.
The new capabilities being introduced are targeted at customer requirements for enhanced performance, greater control and self-serviceability of their Ion deployments, and enhanced insight and intelligence into ‘Akamaised’ websites and applications.
Akamai is also introducing the ‘Beta Channel,’ an advanced beta programme that is designed to allow customers an opportunity to quickly adopt and evaluate the latest pre-release innovations in Ion functionality as soon as they are developed.
By opting-in to this complimentary service, it is expected that customers will have immediate access to the latest Akamai innovations so they can continue to innovate with Akamai ahead of their competition.
Currently, the programme includes features such new algorithmic predictive pre-fetching which can have a material positive impact on performance, the company said.
In addition to introducing a range of new capabilities, Akamai also announced two new Ion editions intended to meet a company's specific requirements and primary use cases for website and application optimisation.

  • Ion Premier: Designed to offer maximum scale, performance and intelligence with specific focus on optimising the front-end; for organisations delivering highly complex web experiences where performance is measured in milliseconds, such as top online retailers.
  • Ion Standard: Provides industry-leading performance, offload, and availability with key insight and intelligence accessed via an easy to manage cloud-based service built on the Akamai Intelligent Platform; for customers which are looking to get up and running with out-of-the-box optimisations, while maintaining the flexibility to easily customise their Ion deployments as business needs evolve.

“End-user expectations related to the performance of their favourite web experiences continue to drive organisations to strive for an experience that come as close to instant as possible,” said Mike Afergan, senior vice president and general manager, Web Experience Business Unit, Akamai.
“Our ongoing commitment to innovation drives the development of the enhancements and the new features and functionality we bring to market. We want to give our customers the technology they need to exceed their users' most demanding requirements, not only today, but also into the future,” he added.
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