ATandT, Akamai, Juniper Vie for Web Accelerator Cotendo: Report
Akamai is in serious discussions to buy its smaller rival for $300 million, according to a report.Cloud-based Web and mobile acceleration services specialist Cotendo is being wooed by three companies, according to a report in the Calcalist financial daily reported on Sunday. Cotendo customer AT&T, Juniper Networks and Akamai, a company that develops software for Web content and application delivery, are vying to acquire the company, though the report states specifically that Akamai is in serious discussions to buy its rival for $300 million. Cotendo recently announced a partnership with Citrix, a specialist in application delivery infrastructure, in which Citrix NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN is offered within the Cotendo Acceleration Cloud. CloudConnector for CDN combines Cotendo's cloud-based acceleration services with Citrix NetScaler to create a platform that seamlessly extends the traditional networking footprint beyond the four walls of the enterprise data center to points of presence all over the world-creating an end-to-end "service delivery fabric."
NetScaler CloudConnector for CDN securely connects the origin data center and the Cotendo Acceleration Cloud, extending the reach of NetScaler to the Internet edge. CloudConnector relies upon Citrix NetScaler appliances residing within both Cotendo's global point of presence (PoP) network as well as enterprise data centers, creating a secure, high-speed encrypted delivery tunnel. From the data center, through the cloud and ultimately to end users, this end-to-end solution is designed to address content acceleration in a secure environment while having the ability to reduce latency and conserve bandwidth.