This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. Highlights include:
- Dōmo Arigatō Mr. Roboto
- Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana Again?
- Analyze This
- I Predict a Video Revolution
- Akamai = Mega-CDN
Enterprise IT News
February 25, 2016
One company to see early benefit from Akamai Bot Manager is leading Internet retailer U.S Auto Parts Network, Inc. According to the company’s IT Director, William Avellan, “Bot activity is in many ways a ‘cost of doing business’ when you sell online, and up until now, there has not been a good way to achieve the visibility into bot traffic necessary to make truly informed decisions. With Bot Manager, we have the information we need to solve all of the bot problems we’ve been facing including content theft, price scrapers, and even identifying the IP transit providers hosting these bots.”
February 22, 2016
Leveraging Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Akamai’s Aura vLCDN solution is designed to enable Network Service Providers (NSPs) to run CDN services on virtualized infrastructure.
“NFV and SDN has the potential to scale CDN flexibly and rapidly, which is critical in supporting high volume live-events in a cost effective manner,” said Dominique Delisle, program director for Content Delivery Network & Services Transformation, Orange.
According to Mick Scully, vice president and general manager, Carrier Products, Akamai, virtualization is playing a key role in CDN transformation by providing the foundation on which highly scalable operator CDN offerings can be built.
February 22, 2016
Until now, MNOs have not had an effective means to truly measure Quality of Experience (QoE). Rather, they were forced to extrapolate the impact of Quality of Service (QoS) network measures such as jitter, packet loss, and latency, or they relied on small sample sizes of drive by testing or synthetic monitoring. Neither approach truly reflects the actual user experience or CX on the operator’s network. Unlike traditional approaches, Akamai Mobile Performance Analytics solution analyses millions of real data points from hundreds of domains across all networks. As important, MNOs will see analysis of their own data as opposed to data derived from a secondary source. This combination is designed to provide accurate end-user QoE analytics, which are intended to offer a reliable and less expensive means to benchmark performance and help drive improvements across organizations.
February 23, 2016
Akamai Technologies, a leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, has announced commercial availability of the company's Predictive Content Delivery solutions. Intended to help solve the challenges of HD quality video distribution to mobile devices across all networks, the new solutions are designed to optimise secure content delivery and on-device caching to improve video quality and enable offline viewing on any device over any network.
Lior Netzer, Vice President and General Manager, Emerging Mobile Business Unit, Akamai, said:
Mobile has become a critical screen for creating customer loyalty and satisfaction for online video, and Akamai's Predictive Content Delivery solutions are designed to give our customers a powerful set of tools to help them make the most of this growing phenomenon. Sustained user adoption is predicated on delivering an exemplary viewer experience, independent of network conditions, device type, or content. That's exactly what the Predictive Content Delivery SDK and Akamai WatchNow applications are all about.
February 24, 2016
Software defined networking (SDN) company, Megaport, has partnered with Akamai.
As part of the partnership, Akamai will connect its Intelligent Platform to the Megaport elastic fabric in all of Megaport’s global markets to distribute content delivery network (CDN) services to Megaport customers.
Megaport said localising traffic through direct connections with Akamai can enable fast and reliable access to key content.
Megaport chief executive, Denver Maddux, said the addition of Akamai to the Megaport ecosystem maps perfectly to Megaport’s global footprint.
Akamai Technologies senior director network services, Christian Kaufmann, said, “The Akamai Intelligent Platform is already deployed in more than 1400 networks. Our global agreement with Megaport provides further options to interconnect and bring popular web content closer to end-users. We are aiming to reduce bandwidth costs while joining forces to improve web experience for more people around the globe.”
February 19, 2016
Growing demand from content owners for network solutions that will allow them to deliver a TV-caliber experience over the Internet has produced a spate of CDN innovations that could go a long way toward alleviating challenges that come with not owning network facilities.
“The idea of watching both live shows being broadcast or on-demand changes the dynamics and in our opinion would require CDN capabilities like we see for live sporting events like March Madness or the (soccer) World Cup,” says JP Morgan analyst Sterling Auty in a recent report on the fast-evolving direct-to-consumer (DTC) space. Indeed, overcoming the limitations of traditional public CDN services could be a game changer for growing numbers of media companies that are hoping to generate revenue from new services that put their content assets to use in innovative ways that go beyond simply mimicking their TV channels.