Akamai’s network already optimizes traffic over what the regular public Internet delivery system provides. The idea with Aqua Ion is to go deeper in an effort to provide the best user experience across any device, application or network situation.
“What we’re introducing with Aqua Ion is a layer of optimization so when we are delivering content for our customers we are optimizing the payload for the browser, device, connection speed and the situational requirements,” M.J. Johnson, director of product marketing for Akamai’s Aqua solutions line, told EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet.
Johnson noted that Aqua Ion is a situational performance solution that enhances Akamai existing edge caching and acceleration approach.
“So there is transformation logic that we can apply in the network, “Johnson said. “There is also the ability to observe the performance of the network itself.”
As such, when Aqua Ion sees the throughput decreasing for a particular connection, Akamai provides its customers with the ability to choose how much they want to modify their data to accommodate the decreased throughput.