Terra Alta is intended to map to the way enterprises are deploying and delivering business applications.
Cloud platform provider
Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM) introduced Terra Alta, an enterprise-class
solution designed to address the evolving complexities of application
acceleration in the cloud. Terra Alta helps simplify the process of developing
and deploying applications in the cloud, making it easier to optimize hundreds
or thousands of applications with greater flexibility and control. Terra Alta
has also been designed to enable an increasingly mobile enterprise user base,
and is available with packages supporting sets of three, five and 10
As applications themselves
evolve, Terra Alta helps accelerate complex applications that rely on multiple
components, which may include business functions, modules or Web services from
within other applications. Finally, Terra Alta can be deployed within an
enterprises existing network architecture, allowing IT decision makers to
avoid making changes to network equipment investments already made.
increasingly extending their IT infrastructure outside of the boundaries of
their own data centersembracing cloud computing, as well as delivering content
and applications over the Internet, said Lydia Leong, research vice president
of IT analytics firm Gartner. However, they face a new array of
availability and performance challenges that may impact end-user adoption,
acceptance and productivity, and need solutions for these challenges.
In the area of enterprise
and cloud readiness, Terra Alta is intended to map to the way enterprises are
deploying and delivering business applications. Features in this area include
Enterprise Edge, a virtual machine running Akamai optimization technology
within a customers origin, which allows optimizations from the Akamai
Intelligent Platform to be carried from the Internet into the data center.
For enterprises taking
advantage of public cloud deployments, Edge load balancing is designed to
ensure that application traffic can be load-balanced globally across the Web
before traffic impacts an isolated single data center. Enterprise Domain Name System
(DNS) mapping enables organizations to overcome the performance challenges
caused by centralized DNS by dynamically adapting to user location and removing
dependencies on enterprise DNS infrastructure redesigns.
Features designed to deliver
acceleration capabilities across a broad set of Web applications include Web de-duplication,
designed to ensure that only differences in the objects that have already been
sent by the origin are delivered, reducing bandwidth consumption required for
application delivery; Akamai Instant, which retrieves what are assessed as the
most likely pages to be next requested by the user; and dynamic page caching,
which allows pages that were previously considered dynamic and un-cacheable to
be conditionally cached.
Companies want to use the
cloud as an enterprise application delivery environment because its the most
effective and efficient way to reach the broadest set of users. Unfortunately,
controlling the cloud can seriously erode the promises and expectations of
cloud computing, said Willie Tejada, senior vice president and general manager
of the enterprise cloud division at Akamai. With the release of Terra Alta,
were giving our customers solutions designed to provide the best possible
performance for their portfolio of cloud-delivered business applications.