Citrix Systems (NASDAQ:CTXS) and Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ:AKAM) have partnered to offer integrated solutions that enhance the performance, scalability and security of business Web applications. The companies will leverage Citrix's premise-based NetScaler product line and Akamai's cloud-based Web Application Accelerator service to bring end-to-end Web application delivery to customers.

The joint solution will eliminate performance bottlenecks outside the data center with Akamai's Internet communications protocol optimizations, and use a combination of optimization, connection management, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption and sophisticated content caching to offload expensive processing from Web server infrastructure. It will also offer better availability by routing application requests to the most available resource within the data center, and deeper security.

"Today's enterprise, dependent on the Internet to serve a global audience of customers, partners, and employees, has made optimized application delivery a top priority," Paul Sagan, president and CEO of Akamai, said in a statement.