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:
- Internet of Things thought leadership
- Selevision goes big with Akamai
- Fostering the cybersecurity ecosystem
- Still more on the state of the Internet
- A look into the NOCC
January 19, 2015
At the most basic level, the Internet of Things (IoT) is really the Internet of machines or devices – where the ‘things’ can be anything from cars to fit bands to refrigerators, all connected to the Internet. The Internet of Everything (IoE) was a clever expansion of the IoT definition to encompass the intelligent linking of people with machines via the processes we want to accomplish in the form of data and instructions. The promise of the IoT/IoE is that devices can now connect together (and with people) to enable new actions – to do something they couldn’t before; like warn you when your resting heart rate is too high, or learn how cool you like your house and when you get home, and adjust the temperature before you get there.
*Authored by Akamai’s Kris Alexander
Rapid TV News
January 22, 2015
Akamai's www.akamai.com director of product marketing and enablement of media solutions, EMEA, Ian Munford, commented: "As the volume of network traffic increases so does the audience. We have seen billions of devices accessing countless amounts of content of different types. And as audiences grow so do expectations. Consumers now expect and demand what is in effect broadcast quality online. Historically they have been very forgiving but as subscriptions services grow, and consumers are spending a lot of money on [services] month by month, their expectation of [high quality] content to any device anywhere is high. This is a challenge: [they want] instant performance for any device anywhere. Advocacy in the media market is now a key aspect for being successful. Broadcast is the benchmark for quality – ultimately nothing else will suffice."
January 22, 2015
Akamai has always been and continues to be even more passionate about security. From the beginning, our global platform was architected to provide our customers with a safe way to use Internet to help build their businesses. We then began to take more active role in protecting web sites and web applications from malicious intent. With the launch of web security products, we had the power of a billion dollar business backing our play.
Participating in programs such as the Microsoft Ventures Cybersecurity Accelerator has been a fantastic way to leverage that experience to encourage early stage cyber security technologies. We have the opportunity to put the power of Akamai behind some promising security start-ups. Together with Microsoft, we reviewed dozens of companies to select those to participate in the accelerator program. Over the past five months we have worked closely with these teams to enable their innovations...their dreams...to become reality.
January 19, 2015
Using data generated by Akamai’s Intelligent Platform, which handles two trillion requests each day, Akamai says it is uniquely placed to see patterns in global internet data. The report looks at internet connection speeds, broadband adoption, attack traffic, IPv4 exhaustion, IPv6 adoption, and any other emerging trends in the data – across both wireless and fixed infrastructure. Even Ericsson gets to pitch in with its observations on voice and data traffic growth on mobile networks. (All numbers for this Q3 2014 are compared to the immediate preceding quarter.)
In the fixed line sector, the global average connection speed dropped 2.8 per cent to 4.5Mbps, and the global average peak connection speed fell 2.3 per cent to 24.8Mbps. South Korea continued its dominance, with the highest average connection speed of 25.3Mbps, while Hong Kong claimed the highest average peak speed of 84.6Mbps.
January 19, 2015
While it’s a jarring sight, it’s also not wholly unexpected for Kendall Square: a glass-walled command center that looks equal parts James Bond villain lair and NASA launch center, complete with giant screens showing spinning visualizations of the Earth overlaid with vivid graphics and arcane data.
The room’s role is just as logical, and surprising: It’s Akamai’s Network Operations Control Center, also known as the company’s Internet Observatory.
The Friday 5 Bonus
January 16, 2015
This week, the President continued to preview some of the big ideas that he'll propose in his State of the Union address on January 20th. He made announcements on education, on cybersecurity, and on access to reliable broadband Internet across the country.*
*Video briefly shows American President Barak Obama checking out the Akamai Global Internet Observer (@ approx. 0:18).