Akamai Technologies will partner Cisco to deliver the world's first enterprise WAN to provide a secure, high-quality service for both public and private cloud applications.

The two companies today announced plans for future integration of Akamai Unified Performance technology into the Cisco ISR-AX series of routers.

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The intention is to combine the power of Cisco's Intelligent WAN, which includes Wide Area Application Services (WAAS) and Application Visibility and Control (AVC), with Akamai's Unified Performance to extend the corporate data centre and the Akamai Intelligent Platform, specifically to offload existing network links and improve performance for web and business critical applications.

The partners claim they are delivering 'best-of-breed' technology, enabling customers to significantly offload traffic from their enterprise WAN and internet links while addressing a series of performance challenges brought on by bandwidth hungry applications and the proliferation of mobile devices.

As a result, the two companies want customers to be able to control their IT costs and avoid massive bandwidth upgrades.

Cisco enterprise general manager, Rob Soderbery said the proliferation of public and hybrid cloud architectures had given customers a need for increased bandwidth to deliver applications using the internet as a fast, secure, and cost-effective WAN option. "We are looking forward to integrating Akamai's exciting new branch capabilities into the Cisco ISR-AX. With our joint product development plan, Cisco and Akamai have taken a big step toward delivering the optimal branch experience." Akamai chief executive Tom Leighton said the companies shared a common vision of improving the speed and reliability of the internet to provide enterprises with a cost-effective way to meet the bandwidth and performance needs of branch offices.

"Our ultimate goal is to integrate best of breed technology from the two industry leaders in networking and application delivery and enable customers to extend the strength of our platform behind their firewall."