Accelerate your website with minimal development effort.
Adaptive Acceleration, included with Akamai Ion (which is available free for 90 days in the Akamai Developer Trial), is a feature set that automatically and continuously applies performance optimizations to your website using Akamai's machine learning to determine optimizations. With Adaptive Acceleration, you gain the ability to prioritize what content is visible to the user, reduce the size of critical cached resources, manage third-party content, and discover, identify, and defer unresponsive scripts on your page. And it’s all done with minimal development effort and maintenance.
Adaptive Acceleration comprises these six features:
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Learning Engine: Automate optimizations with real-user data.
Learning Engine is the heart and soul of Adaptive Acceleration, continuously learning from real-user data—powered by Akamai mPulse—to automatically apply performance optimizations to your website.
To do this, Learning Engine goes through five key steps (see process diagram below):
Additionally, the engine has the ability to learn your site’s critical-path resources, so it can focus on the key resources needed to render faster by excluding assets that are not critical. For example, Learning Engine can ignore print stylesheets, which are not needed unless the user prints the page.
Script Management: Manage the impact of third-party scripts.
With so many different sources and very little visibility into where these scripts originate or the impact they’re having, there is elevated risk and your page could even be blocked from loading—regardless of how much you trust your third-party script providers.
Akamai Script Management provides that needed real-time visibility into the impact of first- and third-party scripts on your site; it also provides automated protection, based on real-user insights, so you can avoid costly outages and 4x increases in load times.
Here's a deeper look at three key benefits you get with Script Management:
Gain insight into all scripts on your site
Leveraging real-user monitoring (RUM) data from mPulse, Script Management provides deeper insights into where your scripts are coming and their impact on your site. With these insights, you can:
Automatically detect unresponsive third parties on your site and take action without changing your site or making risky config changes
Mitigate the performance impact from any scripts on your site, including tag managers, on a case-by-case basis
Set up automated actions for when to defer or block scripts
Single Point of Failure Protection
Script Management constantly monitors for problematic scripts on your site; one specific subset of problematic scripts is known as “single point of failure”, and Script Management has a specific capability to deal with this issue. When you turn on the Single Point of Failure Protection feature, Script Management automatically defers any scripts that exceed your performance threshold so that you can avoid failures.
The Single Point of Failure Protection feature is also adaptive: the user’s network conditions will be automatically considered in determining what the performance threshold should be before deferring scripts. For example, if the user is on a slow connection, the performance threshold will be higher.
To see this feature in action, watch the video clip below. It shows a website on the left (labeled “Original”) which has Script Management’s Single Point of Failure Protection enabled, versus a website on the right which has no such protection and gets hit with a single point of failure (“SPOF”). Note the page load time difference to see how much value this feature can provide.
Test third-party scripts locally
Applying changes to your production environment before you’ve tested the effects of the changes can be nerve-wracking. With the new Akamai Script Management Policy Tester extension for Chrome, you can experiment with actions like deferring and blocking scripts on your site to see the effect locally in your browser. After discovering what happens when you block and/or defer scripts, you can take appropriate action directly in Script Management.
Automatic Server Push: Push key resources while the browser is idle.
Automatic Preconnect: Accelerate connections to third-party content by starting connections earlier.
Automatic Preconnect accelerates connections to third-party content by starting the connections earlier. The Automatic Preconnect feature analyzes user traffic beacons (courtesy of Akamai mPulse) and identifies third-party hostnames in order to automatically preconnect the browser to necessary third-party hostnames based on user traffic. Because this activity is done in advance, there is a significant reduction in latency when the connections are actually requested. Similar to Automatic Server Push, Automatic Preconnect allows you to create page-specific and site-wide preconnect optimizations, with the following optional tuning parameters: include hosts on specific pages, ignore hosts on specific pages, and exclude specific hosts.
Automatic Font Preload: Preemptively download fonts during idle time.
Automatic Font Preload accelerates pages by telling the browser which fonts it will need before it processes the page. For Font Preload, Learning Engine analyzes user traffic (courtesy of Akamai mPulse) to identify font requests made by pages on your site. Because this activity is done in advance, this allows the browser to preemptively download fonts during idle time to ultimately improve performance.
Resource Optimizer: Automatically optimize website resources.
Getting Started with Adaptive Acceleration
Getting started with Adaptive Acceleration’s automatic performance optimizations requires almost no effort. Simply set up and configure Akamai Ion and then turn on Adaptive Acceleration. Once that’s done, you can select which specific features you wish to use (see below).
Getting started with Automatic Server Push, Automatic Preconnect, Automatic Font Preload, and/or Resource Optimizer
Simply enable the features you want by switching the slider buttons to “On”:
Getting started with Script Management
Simply enable Script Management by switching the slider button to “On”:
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