A web-based application is any program that is accessed via a network connection such as the internet. These applications are often based in web browsers, or can also be reached via mobile apps, rather than within a device’s memory.
A web application uses web browsers to perform tasks over the internet. These could be simple tasks such as loading written content, Flash content or online calendars, or they could be more advanced, such as real-time document management and communications.
The web-based application has become the default choice for many enterprise processes. An example of web-based application could be online retailers, or even customer support, supply chain management or online extranets.
This has helped to quicken the pace in terms of increasing online sales, giving customers faster access to the help they need, and helping supply chains increase their productivity. In addition, organizations running web-based applications can benefit from:
Today, users have come to expect instant, secure and reliable access to every web-based application, even from their mobile devices. However, a business web application that is located centrally may lead to problems with web performance.
Research indicates that users will leave a website within seconds if it cannot perform their desired function straight away. When web applications become slow or unreliable, this may lead to decreased productivity or even revenue loss. Rather than investing in further infrastructure, which can be very costly, it is better to invest in a web application accelerator.
Akamai's Web Application Accelerator (WAA) is a cost-effective, cloud-based Software as a Service solution that enables a web based application to be faster, more reliable and more secure. WAA places all of the capabilities of the application delivery controller within the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, optimizing the applications without hardware, software or application code changes. By locating a web-based application close to users and data centers anywhere in the world, WAA delivers the performance and availability that drive web application adoption and productivity.
Here's how WAA enables better performance in a web-based application.
The Akamai Web Application Accelerator helps enterprises to save costs and provide a better experience for their end users thanks to: