Press Awareness 11/21/14: The Friday Five

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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:


  1. Akamai recognized as top CDN
  2. Akamai Reports on 4K Readiness
  3. Security Thought Leadership
  4. 43% of firms plan to run apps over web
  5. Akamai’s SaaS Provider Option



The 2014 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards Winners

Streaming Media

November 19, 2014


The online video industry’s growth shows no signs of slowing down. So it’s only fitting that the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards continue to grow along with it. This year’s awards encompass 31 categories, almost twice as many as when they began in 2007.


Even though we had more categories, we had fewer nominations than in past years, as we were stricter about how we defined each category—you can see the category definitions here—as well as the products and services we allowed into each one.


Content Delivery Network

Winner: Akamai



Amazon Cloudfront




Akamai Reports on 4K Internet Readiness

TV Technology

November 20, 2014


As broadcasters advance farther into the connected digital environment, they become more dependent on fast, reliable Internet and mobile connections.


Ironically, these are links in the chain over which they have little control.


Nevertheless, having a good understanding of the key characteristics of your local, state and U.S. Internet and mobile connections can be valuable for budgeting and strategic planning considerations.


Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet Report provides insight into global and U.S. statistics, such as connection speeds and broadband adoption across fixed and mobile networks, overall attack traffic, global 4K readiness, IPv4 exhaustion and IPv6 implementation, as well as traffic patterns across leading Web properties and digital media providers. The report also includes information on changes in the mobile landscape.


(See also: Forbes and Radio World)



Let's Encrypt Effort Aims to Improve Internet Security


November 18, 2014


Today, server administrators can choose to deploy their own self-signed SSL/TLS certificates that are free to generate. The major stumbling block for self-signed certificates is that, unfortunately, they fundamentally provide zero authentication assurance, said Stephen Ludin, chief architect, Akamai and ISRG board member.


"A browser will and/or should throw up a warning encouraging the user to not trust the site as there is no way to tell if the site you are accessing is really who they say they are," Ludin told eWEEK. "In the case of ISRG and the Let's Encrypt initiative, the certificates generated are legitimate certs and will be trusted by a significant percentage of browsers right out of the gate."


(For more on Let’s Encrypt and Akamai’s involvement, as well as other security thought leadership, please see IT Wire, Business class, Politico,GigaOM, Washington Post, CNET, ChannelPartner Online, Mycustomer and the Akamai Blog)



43% of firms plan to run apps over web


November 18, 2014


43% of enterprises are planning to deliver the majority of new business applications over the internet next year, a new Akamai Technologies report revealed.

However, half of the companies reportedly run 20% or less of their business apps over the internet, the "Trends in Application Delivery Strategies" survey report added.


Akamai Web Experience Business Unit senior vice president and general manager Mike Afergan said: "Trends such as globalisation, telecommuting and mobility continue to drive the shift to Internet-delivered applications, and enterprises today are working hard to keep up.”


(See also Digital Media World, Enterprise Channels, CIOL and Networks Asia)



Akamai Exposes Content Delivery Network APIs

Programmable Web

November 20, 2014

Akamai Technologies extended the reach of its content delivery service in the cloud with the introduction of a set of open APIs that are made available via a SaaS Provider Option that it introduced.

Gary Ballabio, product line director for enterprise cloud solutions at Akamai, says that with developers both inside and outside the enterprise relying on the Internet to make their applications accessible, more of them want to be able to make use of the Akamai cloud delivery network to both secure and enhance the performance of those applications.

(See also Telecompaper, Linea EDP, First Biz, Pro Security Zone, TechWeek, Business Computing World and Cloud Services World)





What a Distributed Computing Veteran Can Teach Student Founders

A Discussion with Paul Sagan, former CEO of Akamai Technologies

Rough Draft Ventures

November 16, 2014



2014 Top Places to Work: Largest Companies


November 18, 2014


Dedicated to “youthful optimism,” Akamai employees are challenged to be the World Wide Web’s problem-solvers. The ability to marry smart business with creative thinking is one reason the company has climbed the ranks of Top Places to Work-Largest list.