Thursday, April 25, 2013

Could Your Network Benefit from a Cloud Accelerator?

Remember when you accessed computer software from a server connected to your network or a local copy installed on your computer’s hard drive? Back then, application performance relied on the performance of your network and computer. While you may still access some applications on a physical network or computer, cloud applications and software as a service are becoming increasingly common. With this move to the cloud, application performance often relies on external processes and equipment beyond your control. However, cloud accelerator services have emerged with promises of dramatic application performance improvements (Source: Cloud Accelerator by Aryaka).

Though numerous cloud accelerators exist, they work by delivering content from the original servers over a privately controlled delivery path rather than the public Internet. Because the cloud accelerator service provider controls the connection, it becomes possible to optimize it for faster application deliver and performance.

Cloud acceleration isn’t just for application delivery. Cloud accelerators can be used to deliver applications, VoIP, live video, remote desktops (virtualization), web pages, images, and other interactive and dynamic content.

Some of the benefits you could expect by choosing a cloud accelerator are:
  • Improved application performance – Companies offering cloud acceleration claim increased application performance by as much as five to 100 times. TCP optimization techniques can also be used to deliver improved TCP application performance.
  • Reduced bandwidth consumption – By removing redundancies and using bandwidth scaling, cloud accelerators can reduce bandwidth consumption dramatically – by up to 98 percent. This translates into lower bandwidth costs.
  • Better user experience –Whether you’re concerned about employees having faster access to cloud-based software in order to perform their jobs or customers being able to navigate and use your site, improving application performance with a cloud accelerator can lead to a significantly better user experience.
Most cloud accelerator providers charge for the service using a “as a service” model. This means you pay as you go out of operational funds rather than investing upfront using capital funds.