As more enterprises move their applications to the cloud, service providers are upgrading their networks through partnerships with cloud providers to speed access to those applications.
One such service provider, Orange Business Services , has been following a hybrid network strategy for the last couple of years and today announced it is partnering with Akamai Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM). Using Akamai Cloud Networking, Orange can provide access to cloud applications up to ten times faster, according to John Isch, practice director of network and voice at Orange Business Services, who talked to The New IP by phone last week.
According to today's announcement, the new Orange business-grade Internet service -- called Business VPN Internet Accelerate -- uses the Akamai Intelligent Platform, which includes nearly 200,000 servers in 110 countries and advanced optimization technologies. It also uses Orange's global, secure, private network with mobile, satellite and wireline access links to reach into any geography.
Isch said there are a number of use cases driving the partnership with Akamai. One is the ability to give its enterprise customers a cost-effective way to access Orange's network from the edge using IPSec aggregation points throughout the world. By working with Akamai, Orange is able to improve throughputs and response time, he said.
Another use case is being able to optimize traffic based on the software-as-a-service provider, noted Isch. "So Office 356 or Google or Amazon Web Services -- we can optimize that traffic by getting it on the Akamai path as quickly as possible," he said.
Orange is currently arranging pilots for the service but an internal trial was able to move an 100Mg file between Singapore and France at a transfer rate ten times faster, said Isch.
"As customers take their applications out of the data center and put them with an infrastructure- or software-as-a-service provider, they now have a predictable network that will connect their remote applications," said Isch. "It reduces customers' fears of taking an application and putting it out in the cloud and not being able to get to it in a reliable way. This provides the reliability and consistency with the connection."
According to Isch, Orange and Akamai have been working on the partnership for about a year. "They have the global presence, the network in place and it's a proven technology technique," said Isch. "They do an assessment of a path in the network to get from point A to point B, and their servers register the most efficient path."
Isch will be talking more about the need for next-generation hybrid networks that can deliver an optimized cloud experience, network architecture design for the cloud and what can be done to reduce latency and improve network performance for business applications on The New IP's next Tune in Tuesday radio show (November 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET). Plus, he'll be available after the show to take your questions in a live, 15-minute online chat. (Register for the show here: Delivering the Optimal Cloud Experience.)
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP