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 news on Akamai Ion; our partnership with China Telecom; an interview with Akamai’s Chuck Neerdaels; recent regional appointments; and coverage of the Akamai State of the Internet report, among other awareness.
Following is Volume XLI…
Enterprise Networking Planet
October 8, 2014
Among the features set to debut is automated image compression with the JPEG2000 and WebP image formats. Another new capability is something that Akamai refers to as Zone Apex Mapping, which can accelerate DNS. Akamai’s M.J. Johnson noted that Zone Apex Mapping is not a replacement for existing DNS services, whether provided by OpenDNS or another first or third-party DNS service.
"Zone Apex Mapping is a feature supported by Akamai that now allows domains at the so-called 'apex of the zone' (i.e. mycompany.com rather than www.mycompany.com) to be resolved and delivered by Akamai, rather than having to respond with an IP address to resolve outside of Akamai," Johnson explained. "This helps avoid HTTP redirects and reduces DNS resolution time to save time resolving domains at the apex of the zone."
Going a step further, Akamai is also testing out new features in its beta branch for Ion. One of the new features that users can try out is an algorithmic predictive pre-fetching capability.
Asia Cloud Forum
October 8, 2014
China Telecom’s cloud division CT Cloud and Akamai Technologies have entered a partnership agreement that will see the former offering the latter’s products to Chinese businesses looking to grow their global Web presence.
Akamai’s media delivery, Web performance and cloud security offerings will be offered alongside China Telecom’s own cloud services. Under the partnership, CT Cloud plans to deploy Akamai’s content delivery network (CDN) technology for the delivery of its cloud services.
"With trade in and out of China continuing to increase, Chinese enterprises require a high performing, secure, and always available Web presence to compete in today's multi-national marketplace," said Mr. Wu Xiangdong, general manager of CT Cloud. "Enterprise web infrastructure must be agile and scalable, providing users with a consistently fast and reliable experience. Our choice is to partner with Akamai to provide our enterprise customers with superior Internet content delivery across the globe."
October 7, 2014
Currently, India has over 200 million Internet users and this number is expected to rise by 2018 when almost half of the country will be connected through the Internet. The worldwide interconnection of individual networks is expanding at a fast rate with 40% of the world’s population currently using the Internet compared to December 1995 when the Internet had a mere 16 million users. Akamai has some innovative solutions to manage the traffic spike over the Internet. Its Hyperconnected Platform is responsible for handling up to 30% of the world’s global Internet traffic at any given time.
In an exclusive interview with InformationWeek, Chuck Neerdaels, VP of Web Experience, Akamai talks about how Akamai has tackled some of the major Internet traffic issues in India and around the world, the Indian e-commerce sites, which have been benefited by Akamai’s Web Experience solutions and what are some of the major problems the Internet is facing right now.
October 7, 2014
Akamai Technologies has appointed Graeme Beardsell as new managing director, Asia Pacific and Japan. Based in Singapore, Graeme will lead all aspects of sales, business Development and Go-to-Market strategies for the entire region.
He will report to Akamai senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific and Japan, Sanjay Singh. Beardsell has more than 25 years of senior management, sales, consulting and product management experience in both start-ups and established companies with the likes of IBM, Salesforce, Experian and Solace Systems.
Prior to joining Akamai, he was senior vice president and general manager, Asia Pacific at Solace Systems. Beardsell said he was looking forward to helping more companies in the region enhance their online presence.
(For more on recent appointments, see ChannelPartner Online)
News & Observer – The Associated Press
October 5, 2014
Akamai Technologies Inc., which helps companies distribute online content, reports that average peak connection speeds in the U.S. nearly tripled since Google started its work in Kansas City, The Kansas City Star reported.
"We're seeing faster speeds everywhere," said David Belson, who authors the State of the Internet Report for Akamai. "Part of that is that the technology is improving to get better speeds out of existing networks. Part of it's consumer demand. And part is the pressure that Google Fiber's existence creates on everybody else."