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 security thought leadership; coverage from Akamai’s State of the Internet report; Akamai’s expansion into Africa; collaboration with Juniper Networks; and Akamai’s focus on corporate sustainability.
Following is Volume XLII…
Boston Business Journal
October 15, 2014
Attacks on the Web infrastructure of large retailers and enterprise companies have risen significantly over the past four years, and businesses all over the world should be proactive about stopping them. That was the gist of a speech given by John Summers, vice president of cloud security for Cambridge-based Internet content delivery company Akamai Technologies at Tuesday's annual FoleyTech Summit in Boston.
"Having something out there in the Internet that you can use to help keep you safe has gone from being a 'nice to have' to really being a 'must have' and a best practice," Summers said in his keynote speech. "More and more, (businesses) are trying to be agile and crank out releases multiple times a day. That lack of communication (between the developer team and security team) causes exposures that can be exploited."
October 15, 2014
In its Q2 2014 State of the Internet report, Akamai again takes a look at global 4K video readiness, and finds that 12 percent of internet connections globally are able to sustain the 15Mbps connection currently needed for 4K video streaming. That's up from 11 percent in Akamai's Q1 2014 report.
Akamai identifies the countries with the highest percentage of connections above 15Mbps. South Korea again tops the list with 62 percent above, followed by Hong Kong (34 percent) and Japan (33 percent). The United States isn't among the top ten countries.
The report identifies the top ten states with the highest percent of 4K readiness. Delaware tops the list with 35 percent of online connections at 15Mbps or above, followed by Massachusetts (29 percent), and New Hampshire (26 percent). Washington D.C. enjoys a rate of 51 percent. Capacity is growing quickly, with 39 states seeing their 4K readiness double over the past 12 months.
October 15, 2014
The Kenya Internet Exchange Point (KIXP) has announced that it will be hosting servers of Akamai Technologies, a leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications.
"The Kenya Internet Exchange Point is privileged to host one of the world's leading provider of cloud services. Networks connecting to KIXP will be able to cross connect to the Akamai Intelligent Platform. Networks that wish to interconnect to Akamai for cloud services will benefit from the Akamai intelligent platform that provides extensive reach, unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise " said Fiona Asonga, CEO, KIXP.
(See also WHIR)
Rapid TV News
October 17, 2014
Akamai Technologies and Juniper Networks are teaming on an elastic content delivery network (CDN) system, which is designed to enable network operators to address network scalability challenges driven by the rapid increase in video traffic.
"Content delivery networks are evolving to meet the needs of increasingly real-time, distributed applications and users," said Jennifer Lin, senior director product management at Juniper Networks. "Overlay networks have proven to simplify and automate the delivery of application and user-centric services without the administrative overhead of traditional infrastructure approaches. By combining Akamai's virtualised caching components with Contrail's scale-out network service automation, the companies have created a truly elastic CDN solution to meet the emerging needs of telco clouds."
October 17, 2014
The IT sector was particularly well-represented by U.S. firms, with nine of the world's 30 best performers coming from the United States. In addition to perennial top performers like Google, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Cisco Systems, the new leadership index included firms like Akamai Technologies Inc., a Cambridge, Mass.-based cloud services provider, and Juniper Networks Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., which provides computer network solutions in a variety of sectors.
Nicole Peill-Moelter, senior director for corporate sustainability at Akamai, said in a telephone interview that the company has committed to reducing its carbon intensity by 30 percent year over year through ongoing energy efficiency and server productivity initiatives, and that carbon emissions and energy consumption have remained largely flat even as the company has experienced significant growth in network traffic.
In the future, she said, Akamai is exploring ways to drive down emissions even further by collaborating with its data center providers to incorporate more renewable energy resources. She said the company was honored to be included in the CDP index "alongside peers who have been leaders both inside and outside our sector in targeting climate change."
(See also Scientific American)