A joint project from Akamai and Riverbed Technology will look to tackle the performance problems that can plague public cloud services and other infrastructure virtualization, the companies announced this week at the INTEROP Las Vegas conference.

The new partnership may have hit on an important point for the increasingly cloud-heavy business IT sector, according to Gartner research vice president for data center transformation Joe Skorupa.

"Enterprises are increasingly deploying a mix of both in-house and cloud-based applications. As this shift to hybrid networks occurs, ensuring application performance and end-user productivity is critical, creating a need to integrate access to corporate applications, as well as SaaS, in a single pervasive framework," he said.

The companies are looking to make their final product available by early 2012, by which time the need for it may well be even more acute.

The Akamai/Riverbed partnership is an attempt to address what many experts have said is a key problem for desktop virtualization and other IaaS products - the processing power is all there, but bandwidth and connectivity issues can hamper performance.

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