Internap Network Services Corporation (Nasdaq: INAP), a global provider of end-to-end Internet business products and services, today announced Accelerated IP (“XIP”), a new service-based Internet traffic accelerator that can dramatically improve the performance of enterprise web services and applications by up to 400%. XIP ? to be shown at Interop in Las Vegas, April 27-29 in booth 550 ? complements Internap’s worldwide Performance IP? route-optimized network, resulting in end-to-end network and application optimization and a superior experience for end users.
As enterprises increasingly deliver mission-critical, latency-sensitive, and often dynamic, applications and services ? such as ecommerce, software as a service (SaaS), financial trading and streaming video ? over the Internet, the performance of the underlying network has become a key priority. One of the primary sources of poor web traffic performance is the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), a fundamental protocol for Internet communications which manages sessions between servers and clients. Designed nearly 40 years ago, TCP can slow the loading and utilization of web based applications due to the inefficient way that it manages session initiation, packet loss, and transmission windows during sessions.
Internap’s XIP service addresses these issues by significantly enhancing TCP, improving recovery time after packet loss is detected and enabling it to transmit more data at a continuously faster rate, allowing the application to load quickly and maintain accelerated performance throughout the entire session. XIP accelerates “application to client” traffic, making it well-suited for dynamic web content with improved response times for websites and web-based applications, as well as faster file downloads ? resulting in higher customer and end user satisfaction.
XIP will be available to customers in combination with Internap’s Performance IP service, which provides premium network connectivity and performance across its global platform of data centers. Deployed by thousands of companies around the world and backed by a 100% uptime service level agreement, Performance IP combines the ability to deliver traffic across numerous carrier networks globally with patented Managed Internet Route Optimizer? (MIRO) technology. Similar to the way in which XIP overcomes TCP’s inherent design issues that inhibit today’s enterprise business models, MIRO overcomes limitations with the Internet’s Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) by delivering traffic over the best-performing network path versus the shortest. The combination of XIP and Performance IP better position enterprises to address today’s more dynamic and demanding IT delivery models and applications needs.
XIP is the first web traffic accelerator to be delivered as a service from ‘source to destination’, resulting in enhanced traffic performance from the application to the end user. As a service, XIP expands the geographic reach of applications, allowing high-performance application delivery from any location ? and also reducing costs ? by eliminating the need to deploy hardware and software at regional data centers or on the client side.
“The new XIP service ensures enterprises and SaaS providers of high-performance websites and applications through a services model that eliminates the need for expensive hardware and cumbersome end user software,” said Scott Hrastar, senior vice president ? IP Service at Internap. “When combined with the performance benefits of our premium IP network services, enterprises will reap the benefits of unparalleled, end-to-end network and application optimization.”
Internap’s new XIP service will be available in select markets starting in the second quarter of 2010. For more information about Internap’s XIP service, visit: www.internap.com.
Internap is a leading Internet products and services company that provides The Ultimate Online Experience® by managing, delivering and distributing applications and content with 100 percent performance and reliability. With a global platform of data centers, managed Internet services and a content delivery network, Internap frees its customers to innovate, improve service levels, and lower the cost of IT operations. Thousands of companies across the globe trust Internap to help them achieve their Internet business goals. For more information, visit http://www.internap.com