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Xero selects Akamai to accelerate its business application
Posted on 27-Jun-2010 09:28. | Tags Filed under: News.

New Zealand-based global on-line accounting platform provider Xero has chosen Akamai as its exclusive technology provider.

Akamai says by deploying its Web Application Accelerator, Xero has boosted the average speed of its application by 180 per cent, with the application operating 2.8 times faster than previously.

Performance in Xero’s key markets has also been enhanced significantly. Akamai has improved the speed of the application by 241 per cent in Australia, by 235 per cent in New Zealand, by 184 per cent in the United States and by 190 per cent in the United Kingdom.

"Xero is a growing global business, tens of thousands of businesses rely on our web-based accounting system. At the end of the day, application downtime means a loss of revenue for us. We realised that we needed a more sophisticated and mature delivery and acceleration solution to help us scale and deliver improved performance. We looked to Akamai to provide increased online efficiency for Xero customers, and the marked improvements in our application performance across our key markets speak for themselves," said Rod Drury, CEO of Xero.

Country manager of Akamai ANZ, Ian Teague said: "At Akamai, working with business and technology leaders like Xero is always a great experience because we understand the importance of customer satisfaction when it comes to Internet performance. Consumers and businesses alike demand high performance levels when online, and particularly when dealing with finances. The Akamai Web Application Accelerator exists to help companies and organisations deliver the high response times, security and availability that drive application adoption and productivity. We look forward to further helping Xero to boost revenues, increase efficiencies and reduce costs."

According to Drury, "Akamai ensures that the Business application on our site is always available, regardless of the cable cuts and disruptions to services that may take place around the world and under the oceans, which is essential for our business."

Akamai has a network of over 65,000 servers, situated in over 71 countries around the world. This network enables companies and organizations to store content on servers closer to their end users, thereby mitigating network latency issues.

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