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:
- It’s not easy being green
- It’s a long way to the top
- Blue sky mine
- Listen like thieves
- Whisper to a stream
Data Center Dynamics
May 12, 2016
Content delivery network Akamai has announced a plan to source renewable energy for half its global operations, thereby ensuring its carbon emissions in 2020 will be lower than those in 2015. The company says its approach could be a model for others running a distributed network.
Moving to renewable energy is tricky for distributed resources like Akamai’s, as the company owns no data centers, and has all its hardware in colocation facilities at the “edge” of the network close to end users. It buys its electricity indirectly through those service providers, but it has found a contract which allows it to pay for renewable energy, funding the development of renewable resources in the markets it serves, according to a blog by Nicola Peill-Moelter, Akamai’s director of sustainability.
May 11, 2016
Tom Leighton, Akamai's co-founder and chief executive officer, discusses the company's founding and the rise of video streaming with Bloomberg's Emily Chang on "Bloomberg West."
May 12, 2016
Azure’s Akamai-powered content delivery network (CDN) has launched in general availability, Microsoft announced Wednesday.
Azure CDN from Akamai provides speed and reliability benefits for Azure customers through content caching and acceleration. Partner Director of Azure Media and Azure CDN Services Sudheer Sirivara said in a blog post that 90 percent of global Internet users are a single “network hop” from an Akamai CDN server, and emphasized the benefits of an expanded reach in Latin America and Asia.
Akamai and Microsoft have partnered for major sporting events and software updates in the past, and Akamai’s capabilities have now been integrated directly into the Azure cloud platform, the company said.
May 9, 2016
In a May 6 session at the Interop conference in Las Vegas, Andy Ellis, chief security officer of Akamai, delivered a talk about security in the cloud. There are a lot of misconceptions about cloud security in Ellis' view, and there are also a number of opportunities.
In a video interview, Ellis details what his session was all about and where there are challenges for cloud security. While some have argued that the multitenancy of the cloud is a security risk, Ellis sees other items such as high availability, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) and security key management as items that should be top of mind for enterprises considering the cloud.
"When we think about attacks against the enterprise historically, we think about this long kill chain for the adversary," he said.
May 8, 2016
Broadcasters transitioning to online delivery are in for a shock. The broadcast operations center they’ve come to rely on to monitor and fix problems with broadcast delivery doesn’t exist for OTT. In this interview with Matt Azzarto of Akamai we hear how that’s about to change.
(See also CXO Today)