Industry News Desk
Akamai Shares Insight Into Global SaaS Transactions
Akamai's SaaS Offerings are Geographically-Dispersed to Users Residing in Nearly 150 Countries
Mar. 28, 2008 03:00 PM
Akamai announced a global increase in the amount
of end-user geographies it is serving on behalf of its SaaS clientele. Akamai-accelerated
SaaS transactions have grown ten-fold over the past two years, delivering
optimized performance and availability of its customers' SaaS offerings to
geographically-dispersed users residing in nearly 150 countries.
Presently, one out of every four SaaS transactions delivered over the Akamai
platform is executed outside of the United States, emphasizing the need
for SaaS providers to develop application delivery strategies for a global user
community. When Akamai's Web Application Accelerator(SM) service is deployed to
power on-demand business applications, SaaS providers report increased user
satisfaction, a competitive advantage over other SaaS providers struggling with
application performance issues, and the ability to extend market reach or
launch new solutions without global data center build out.
The data on SaaS transactions running across Akamai's globally distributed
computing platform - consisting of more than 30,000 servers within nearly 1,000
networks around the world - is based on a diverse range of SaaS applications
such as customer relationship management, supply chain and supplier
relationship management, human resources and talent management, e-learning and
Achieving global reach and optimized application performance are mutually
dependent success criteria for SaaS providers. Providers find that deploying
regional data centers near large user communities is expensive and IT-resource
centric and do not provide the agility needed to support rapid global development.
To compound matters, building out infrastructure does not guarantee
performance. Akamai's Web Application Accelerator service is designed to help
customers overcome the problems associated with doing business over the
Internet, providing SaaS providers the ability to focus on growing their
business, not infrastructure.
"Bullhorn's on-demand, front-office staffing and recruiting software is a
rich Internet application that behaves as if it were installed on your
desktop," said Art Papas, co-founder and CEO of Bullhorn. "As we
began to scale our business internationally, Internet-related performance
issues beyond our control became apparent. After considering various options,
we chose Akamai's Web Application Accelerator service to help us meet our
customers' performance expectations as we scale our business. With Akamai, our
customers can quickly and reliably access our application and transact business
from anywhere in the world."
Of the 146 countries currently served by the Akamai Web Application Accelerator
service, regions common to all Akamai SaaS clientele include the United States, Canada,
the United Kingdom, India, Singapore,
China, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Japan
and South Korea.
Akamai also reaches less-trafficked regions with consistent high performance,
such as the Republic
of Suriname, offering a
local-like or geographic boundary-free accelerated solution to all SaaS users.
"With the SaaS market forecast1 to grow by more than double the growth
rate for total enterprise software through 2011, SaaS providers find Akamai's
Application Performance Solutions ideal for extending the geographic reach of
their on-demand applications while avoiding infrastructure build out,"
said Willie M. Tejada, vice president for Akamai Application Acceleration.
"Optimized performance and availability of SaaS applications ensure high
levels of user satisfaction — a critical lynchpin for success — that recently
deployed customers like Bullhorn and Genius.com®, Incorporated are