Cloud acceleration involves moving data, applications, or even networks into the “cloud” where they can be delivered more efficiently to users around the world (Source: Cloud Acceleration by Aryaka). Cloud acceleration is similar to a content delivery network, but much faster and better suited for dynamic, constantly changing content.
Service providers offering cloud and IP acceleration services typically operate their own private networks to deliver data directly from their servers to your users in the most efficient manner possible. Because they control the network, they are also better able to respond to issues that normally would be out of their control when relying on the public Internet. Though cloud servers may be scattered around the globe, performance typically exceeds that of networks residing in the same building.
Organizations with branch offices and remote users can take advantage of cloud acceleration and experience numerous benefits as a result including the following:
- Faster application performance – Applications hosted and accelerated in the cloud run faster than those accessed remotely over the public Internet. Some cloud acceleration service providers boast of performance improvements of up to 25 times faster than traditional local networks. Productivity and morale can increase along with dramatic application performance improvements.
- Reduced infrastructure and maintenance costs – The need for optimization appliances, infrastructure, and ongoing maintenance falls dramatically when you choose a cloud-based solution. This reduces costs and preserves capital.
- Scalability – Cloud acceleration services can be scaled up or down as needed, making for a flexible solution for growing companies of all sizes.
Cloud and IP acceleration can significantly reduce bandwidth, accelerate application performance, optimize protocols, cache objects, and reduce latency. Options include WAN optimization, application delivery as a service, and network as a service. Faster application and network performance and lower costs make moving to an accelerated cloud-based solution an attractive option.