Tom Horsman – Head of Technology
As cloud-based services become increasingly mainstream, the continued growth of access around the world through different technologies is likely to continue. The internet has become significantly more crowded in recent years, creating several challenges around performance, reliability, and availability. This issue is particularly relevant for international deals, where long distances need to be bridged over the web.
Cloud acceleration is a key instrument to help alleviate these challenges. At Imprima we have partnered with Akamai, providers of the most reliable and technically advanced cloud acceleration platform on the market.
What does this mean for you?
Our clients and end-users, especially in remote locations, will benefit from increased speeds when downloading or uploading content to the Data Room. This new, dynamic site acceleration creates a localised user experience, resulting in a further 60% increase in content download speeds.
Furthermore, with additional resilience built into the cloud acceleration network, a 99.9% uptime or higher is consistently achieved, ensuring continuous access for time-sensitive transactions.
As a result, Imprima’s VDR is able to support larger, more complex international projects without compromising reliability and overall performance. This is vitally important given the increasingly international nature of M&A transactions and the global management of asset portfolios across multiple locations. A bidder in Australia, competing with a bidder in Europe for a European asset, will now experience comparable access and performance levels. Ultimately, this increases competition and helps maximise the asset’s value whilst at the same time allowing international bidders to operate on a level playing field.
Web innovations such as rich interactive content features, which make the user experience more engaging, can also slow down page downloads and put the quality of the end-user experience at risk. Standard CDN (Content delivery network) includes the ability to cache files closer to the end-user, speeding up the delivery of static files. However, this does not help to improve the loading speed of dynamic web applications, as these return unique data to each user along with requests that cannot be cached.
Dynamic web acceleration tackles this problem by significantly reducing the number of round-trips between the end-user and application server, enabling faster transfer of rich, computationally intensive data. With Imprima’s utilisation of Akamai’s recently released CDN Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA), the performance of Imprima VDR with dynamic content is significantly improved. This ultimately means a reduction in network latency; from the user’s perspective, it will seem like our VDR is running from within your local data center.
When it comes to handling sensitive information during deal completion and crucial contract negotiations, you need assurances that your data is secure. As the largest distributed platform operating at the edge of the Internet, Akamai provides a defensive shield, built to protect your websites, mobile infrastructure, and API-driven requests. Billions of bot requests, terabytes of attack data, and hundreds of millions of IP addresses are collected and analysed daily.
Imprima’s partnership with Akamai forms part of a comprehensive security strategy, to continually invest in new technologies and stay ahead of the latest security threats, such as malware, phishing scams, data exfiltration, DDOS, and other advanced attacks. With Imprima, you can be confident that your data is always optimally protected.
To find out more please contact us,.