Akamai Positioned in 'Visionary' Quadrant in 2005 Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Products
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, today announced that it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the "Visionaries" quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Products, 2005*" report. Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst Mark Fabbi and research director Joe Skorupa evaluated application delivery vendors based on their ability to execute and the completeness of their vision. Gartner is a research and advisory firm that helps more than 45,000 clients worldwide understand technology and drive business growth.
According to 2005 criteria, Gartner focused on various areas within the parameters of vision and execution including market understanding, sales strategy, innovation, business model, market responsiveness and track record, and customer experience, to name a few. According to Gartner, vendors positioned in the "Visionaries" quadrant have a clear vision of market direction and are focused on preparing for that, but they can still improve in terms of optimizing service delivery.
"We are very pleased that Akamai has been positioned in the 'visionary' quadrant in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Products, 2005," said Tom Leighton, co-founder and chief scientist of Akamai. "Poorly performing applications impede productivity and hinder application use and adoption. Akamai is accelerating the delivery of Web application transactions across our secure, distributed network, enabling enterprises to improve the overall business performance for customer-facing portals, collaboration platforms, E-Learning environments, and business-to-business commerce."
The Akamai Web Application Accelerator service is an innovative solution for accelerating a wide variety of Web-based enterprise applications via the Akamai Platform, a globally-deployed network of secure, performance-optimized servers that overlays the existing Internet. Using advanced route optimization techniques, Akamai dynamically avoids problems that occur on the Internet, delivering consistent, improved application performance for users worldwide.
Most alternative solutions to optimizing Web application performance, such as those that are appliance-based, require businesses to implement and maintain hardware in each of their data centers. For businesses with a highly distributed, global user base, the cost to own and manage these appliances increases significantly, and does not guarantee that application transactions can be routed around Internet bottlenecks as they occur.
In contrast, the activation of the Akamai Web Application Accelerator service is simple and non-intrusive, requiring a single DNS change by the customer. Once customers are active, Akamai accelerates their dynamic Web application content using a number of techniques, many of which are unique to Akamai, including dynamic mapping, route optimization and connection optimization technologies, flexible caching, and the delivery of applications over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). This combination of Akamai technology facilitates the extension of applications to additional geographies and end-users without additional costs.
The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted December 20, 2005 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Akamai® is the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online. More than 1,800 organizations have formed trusted relationships with Akamai, improving their revenue and reducing costs by maximizing the performance of their online businesses. Leveraging the Akamai EdgePlatform, these organizations gain business advantage today, and have the foundation for the emerging Web solutions of tomorrow. Akamai is "The Trusted Choice for Online Business." For more information, visit www.akamai.com.
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
The release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai Technologies, Inc.'s management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, the effects of any attempts to intentionally disrupt our services or network by unauthorized users or others, defects in the software used to provide our services, failure to have available sufficient transmission capacity, a failure of Akamai's network infrastructure and other factors that are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.
* Gartner Research "Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Products, 2005" by Mark Fabbi and Joe Skorupa, December 20, 2005.