Press Awareness 12/19/14: 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. 1.     Akamai’s business opportunities moving Faster Forward
  2. 2.     Customer success with video training
  3. 3.     Black Friday arrives in EMEA
  4. 4.     Security thought leadership
  5. 5.     The state of CDN services


Akamai Racks Up Revenue Making Cloud Faster And Safer

Investor’s Business Daily

December 12, 2014


Akamai Technologies, a provider of content delivery network and cloud infrastructure services, is riding a wave of open-ended technology trends to steady growth.


As companies and their customers do more business online and via the cloud, demand for faster online user experiences and greater levels of security is mounting, and each of those developments fits directly into Akamai's (NASDAQ:AKAM) wheelhouse.


The company's system of servers and other equipment that accelerates online content delivery and bolsters security against cyberattacks is in increasing demand, Chief Financial Officer James Benson says, and it has boosted revenue throughout 2014 and positioned the firm for the year ahead.



CBT Nuggets Delivers World-Class On-Demand Video Training


December 12, 2014


To better address these growing technical challenges while keeping focus on our core business of producing IT training videos, we made the decision to partner with Akamai. Deploying its cloud-based media preparation, storage and delivery solutions gave us a newfound confidence in the quality and consistency of our streaming, knowing that its platform could absorb spikes driven by higher-bit-rate content and more viewers across more devices.


The transition to Akamai also solved our transcoding needs and freed our staff of the arduous task. When CBT Nuggets initiated the relationship with Akamai, we transcoded our entire library—tens of thousands of video files—and had it available online in less than three weeks. This speed helps us to go to market faster and ultimately gives us the potential to increase profits.



New retail traffic peaks hit Akamai on Black Friday


December 16, 2014

Looking at the traffic patterns observed on the Akamai platform, along with the results of the Akamai-sponsored YouGov survey, indicates several interesting trends related to online shopping in Europe.


Mobile traffic has continued to increase, with mobile devices accounting for 52% of traffic this holiday season. This growth can be attributed to the distribution of devices used to browse.


iPad traffic now accounts for 21% of mobile traffic, with iPhone and Android devices representing 16% and 15%. Before the surge in mobile devices, Windows and Mac desktop traffic shares would have been in the vast majority. They have now decreased to 40% and 8% respectively.


(See also Retail Times)



Organized criminals targeting individual iPhone, Android users


December 18, 2014


A well organized criminal group is targeting both iOS and Android users with highly targeted man-in-the-middle attacks, according to a new threat advisory from Akamai Technologies, Inc.


"They have a lot of resources," said Rod Soto, principal security researcher in the company's business security unit.


For example, they were able to target a group of individuals congregating in an Asian country based on their communications, and then used man-in-the-middle and social engineering to trick users into installing the Xsser mobile remote access Trojan on their mobile devices.


(For addition security thought leadership see also SC Magazine, Dark Reading, Security Week, Politico, CIOL, FirstBiz)


State of CDN Services Survey: A Supply and Demand Mismatch?

Streaming Media

December 16, 2014


Last month, Akamai and Streaming Media, in conjunction with Unisphere Research, published a study highlighting media consumption behaviors by professionals in the streaming media industry.


One result that caught my attention, having crafted the survey questions and performed subsequent analysis for Akamai’s State of CDN Services, was a potential mismatch of supply and demand within the industry. More specifically, it seems that the types of content that media professionals consume is quite different from the content their companies deliver.


(For additional CDN thought leadership see also Advanced Television, Telecompaper,, 51CTO)





Telecommunication firm joins Akamai Network Accelerated Partner Program

Financial News

December 15, 2014


Angola Cables said it has joined Akamai Network Accelerated Partner Program.


The network partnership with Akamai Technologies, a leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, will enable Angola Cables to deploy an Akamai cluster within its data centre facility “AngoNap” improving regional connectivity across the vast western coastline of West Africa to operators and ISP alike.

(See also Telecompaper)