CJ Arnesen

Introducing the unofficial Akamai video series

Blog Post created by CJ Arnesen Employee on Mar 4, 2016

I've been at Akamai about 2.5 years.  As a Solutions Engineer, I have the wonderful privilege of introducing Akamai and the concept of CDNs to our customers and prospects.  What I've found is that there is a WIDE range of knowledge regarding CDNs, Akamai, and how the internet works and this WIDE range sometimes makes it difficult for a team of folks to all be on the same page.  This impacts how the team works together, develops their products, and ultimately how much use they get out of Akamai.


This video series was started to help close the knowledge gap.  One of my customers mentioned that they wished we had an Akamai 101 class that they could have their web development team attend.  And while we do offer classes like that, and this request even came from one such class, the customer's point was that it wasn't scalable to his ever changing team of developers, nor was it easy to get other teams at the company involved.  His last point was, while Quick Start, and User Guides are invaluable, they don't always get right to the point nor are they easily digestible for a new team member.




The idea for a simple "Intro to Akamai" video series was born.


To start things off, we decided to focus on a VERY basic introduction to caching.  After all it is one of the most basic features of a CDN, and one that almost any web developer can relate to.  You can catch the video below OR on youtube, complete with Closed Captioning.

The unofficial Akamai video series - Caching 101 - YouTube 


Additional resources to learn more:

HTTP caching | Web Fundamentals - Google Developers

A Beginner's Guide to HTTP Cache Headers | Mobify


Over the next few months we'll dive a bit deeper into caching, and some of the more advanced features and best practices.  From there, we'll see where our customers take us and work to explain other functions and features of CDNs and Akamai in a quick and easy to digest way.


Lastly, while this might have been my crazy idea, I can't take all the credit.  I need to say thanks to the team of folks that are helping to make this video series come to life. (I hope to see this list grow as the series goes on).

For the caching 101 video seen above:
Huge thanks to Tedd Smith for being the voiceover and visual artist and to Marco Armani for mixing and recording our original sound track and for helping proof read our technical script.