This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward.
Highlights include the launch of Cloudlets, fully self-serviceable business logic for the Akamai Intelligent Platform; press coverage on Akamai’s latest State of the Internet Report; security thought leadership; and recognition for our partnerships with Vubiquity and SingTel, among other awareness.
Following is Volume XL…
September 29, 2014
Cloud services provider Akamai Technologies announced availability of Cloudlets, extensions to Akamai solutions that are designed to speed time to market for developers and offload infrastructure demand, providing a specific functionality that is accessed through the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
Cloudlets are being introduced, with the current availability of Edge Redirector, Visitor Prioritization and Image Converter, available to Akamai customers now and which can be accessed, trialed, purchased, and deployed through the Luna Control Center. The company plans to continue to introduce new Cloudlets regularly, ultimately forming a marketplace of extensions where customers can choose which capabilities are best suited to help simplify the development and delivery of their web sites and applications.
The Washington Post
September 30, 2014
Pity Nevada and Rhode Island, the only states to see Internet speeds slow down between the first and second quarters of the year, according to a new report.
The vast majority of states saw Internet speeds accelerate in the second quarter from the quarter before: seven even saw double-digit increases in average speeds between the first two quarters of the year, according to Internet infrastructure provider Akamai. Speeds in the second quarter of the year were also universally—and often significantly—higher from the year before, according to data provided in the organization’s quarterly State of the Internet Report.
The latest report was characterized by a number of new records, editor David Belson noted in a press release. For the first time, the global average connection speed rose above 4 megabits per second, the threshold used by the Federal Communications Commission to define “broadband.” All of the top 10 states had average peak speeds above 50 mbps in the second quarter—another first, according to the report. Akamai provides cloud services to some of the world’s largest Web sites, in part to more quickly deliver content to visitors.
(See also ABS CBN News, Business News Americas, Computer Weekly, Computerworld, Delaware Business Daily, Digit.in, Digital TV News, Forbes, Indian Express, Investors Business Daily, NBCNews.com, Networks Asia, Politico, SC Magazine, Security Week, Tech Times, TechCrunch, Telecompaper, Telecompetitor, The Register, Times of India, Today Online, uSwitch, ZDNet, ZDNET.be, Golem.de, Australian Security Magazine,SBS, Channel NewsAsia, India Infoline, Swiss IT Magazine and LaStampa.it)
(Listen to radio interview with report Editor David Belson WBEZ-FM Chicago On-Air Interview)
September 29, 2014
[authored by Akamai’s Dan Shugrue, Director of Product Marketing]
Most retailers are in a race to make their security as unobtrusive as possible – those of us on the right side of the law barely notice the security systems in place.
So it is, or so it should be, in the cyber security space. The 21st-century equivalents of the burly guy with the sunglasses are the endless security warnings, the complex passwords required to view merchandise, endless rules choking CPU and slowing down sites, and unwieldy or unruly web application firewalls that mistakenly label legitimate end-users as fraudsters and thus prevent them from browsing or shopping. That type of security is effective at stopping theft, but unfortunately it is also effective at stopping revenue growth. If the user experience is not good for the good guys, they will shop somewhere else.
So how can retail companies expand their cyber security without keeping the good guys out? Retailers essentially need to be mindful of the ways in which they are implementing security and keep the good guys in mind as much as — or more than — they keep the bad guys in mind. This article considers five strategies.
(See also Network Information Magazine)
September 30, 2014
From a partnership of Akamai and Vubiquity, top providers of multiplatform video services, comes “Content-as-a-Service,” a new antidote to the headache of launching multiplatform video. CaaS eliminates the bewildering complexity and greatly reduces the expense of introducing multiplatform entertainment services for service providers and content owners. As a result, CaaS is positioned to be as much a game-changer in the digital video market as “software as a service” was in business software. Think of CaaS as a wholesaling model that enables a service provider to ramp up and launch multiplatform video almost immediately. In this case, the “wholesalers,” Akamai and Vubiquity, supply Content-as-a-Service — essentially a turnkey, cloud-hosted multiplatform video service — to a “retail” service provider. In turn, the retailer markets the multiplatform video service to subscribers, who gain anywhere-anytime access to a deep library of content on a tablet, smartphone, PC or any Internet protocol-enabled consumer device. Attractive and manageable economics are a key benefit of the CaaS model. For example, infrastructure costs are shared across multiple service providers, reducing capital expenditures. And the flexible “pay-as-you-go” approach modeled into CaaS allows the “retailing” service providers to pay only for what they use.
(See more Media thought leadership at IP&TV News)
Nikkei Asian Review
September 30, 2014
Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) is going into partnership with Akamai Technologies, a Massachusetts-based cloud-computing company, to offer cyber security solutions to companies in Asia-Pacific.
The partnership aims to help enterprises in the region defend themselves against online attacks, including distributed denial of service (DDoS) that can disrupt businesses and damage profitability. The alliance will kick off in Singapore and expand in the region as opportunities arise through SingTel's significant network of affiliate companies.
"Security awareness is generally low within many Asian countries, providing the opportunity for cybercriminals to take advantage and conduct criminal operations online," says Michael McCollough, an Akamai Asia-Pacific vice-president. "We've seen attacks increase in terms of their frequency, sophistication and impact."