Xero selects Akamai to accelerate its Business application, increasing performance by an average of 180 per cent

Sydney, Australia |

- Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leader in powering video, dynamic transactions and enterprise applications online, today announced that Xero has chosen Akamai as its exclusive technology provider. Based in New Zealand, Xero is a global online accounting system provider designed for individuals, small businesses and their advisors.

By deploying Akamai's Web Application Accelerator, Xero has boosted the average speed of its application by 180 per cent. This equates to the application operating 2.8 times faster than previously. Performance in Xero’s key markets has also been enhanced significantly. Akamai has improved the speed of the application by 241 per cent in Australia, by 235 per cent in New Zealand, by 184 per cent in the United States and by 190 per cent in the United Kingdom.

"Xero is a growing global business, tens of thousands of businesses rely on our web-based accounting system. At the end of the day, application downtime means a loss of revenue for us. We realised that we needed a more sophisticated and mature delivery and acceleration solution to help us scale and deliver improved performance. We looked to Akamai to provide increased online efficiency for Xero customers, and the marked improvements in our application performance across our key markets speak for themselves," said Rod Drury, CEO of Xero.

Country manager of Akamai ANZ, Ian Teague said: "At Akamai, working with business and technology leaders like Xero is always a great experience because we understand the importance of customer satisfaction when it comes to Internet performance. Consumers and businesses alike demand high performance levels when online, and particularly when dealing with finances. The Akamai Web Application Accelerator exists to help companies and organisations deliver the high response times, security and availability that drive application adoption and productivity. We look forward to further helping Xero to boost revenues, increase efficiencies and reduce costs." "Akamai ensures that the Business application on our site is always available, regardless of the cable cuts and disruptions to services that may take place around the world and under the oceans, which is essential for our business," concluded Drury.

Akamai has a network of over 65,000 servers, situated in over 71 countries around the world. This network enables companies and organizations to store content on servers closer to their end users, thereby mitigating network latency issues.

For further information about Akamai’s Web Application Accelerator, please visit http://www.akamai.com/us/en/solutions/products/web-performace/index.jsp

About Xero

Xero is an easy to use SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) accounting system for small business and their advisors. The company is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and has customers in more than 50 countries with regional bases in Australia, the UK and New Zealand. For more information, visit http://www.xero.com or follow @xero on Twitter.

About Akamai

Akamai® provides market-leading managed services for powering video, dynamic transactions, and enterprise applications online. Having pioneered the content delivery market one decade ago, Akamai's services have been adopted by the world's most recognised brands across diverse industries. These include Qantas, MCM Entertainment, SonyBMG and Aconex in Australia and New Zealand. The alternative to centralised Web infrastructure, Akamai's global network of tens of thousands of distributed servers provides the scale, reliability, insight and performance for businesses to succeed online. Akamai has transformed the Internet into a more viable place to inform, entertain, advertise, interact, and collaborate. To experience The Akamai Difference, visit www.akamai.com.