Press Awareness 03/13/15: 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. Taking the Mobile World by Storm
  2. Akamai Security is Big in Japan
  3. Andy Ellis talks InfoSec Hiring
  4. Corey Scobie Opens Up
  5. Online Video…by the Numbers



Mobile video; Akamai will stream even in the absence of signal

Wired Italy

March 13, 2015


The first depends more on the compression mode, the second in particular from the peaks of the data traffic, which can cause excessive latency. The goal is to enjoy an uninterrupted video regardless of the load of the network and the power of the device "because waiting and loads negatively affect consumption and because of data traffic costs,” emphasizes Shlomi Gian, Head of Mobile Market Development at Akamai , a leading cloud service, able to handle every day between 15 and 30% of web traffic worldwide.


(See also ITPro, Digitimes, SiliconWeek, InfoCom)


Akamai Opens Tokyo SOC; Offers Managed Security Services


March 12, 2015


According to Mr. Tokunaga, Akamai is best known for Web Performance and Media Delivery, but the business of “cloud security" will undergo a focused investment. Specifically, to take advantage of the company's platform which consists of 170 000 edge servers that has been distributed on the Internet, and can deliver security features such as Web site / data center mitigation of DDoS attack and Web application attack deterrence.


(See also Security Next, ITPro, BP Net)


Akamai CSO takes a creative approach to finding security pros

Network World

March 9, 2015


What do a chocolatier, theater director and dog-sledding adventurer have in common? All found work with Andy Ellis, the chief security officer at Akamai. And all have passion – an indispensable quality for Akamai’s CSO.


Ellis has a different mindset than most when it comes to building a security team. At a time when the tech industry is bemoaning a lack of security talent, a willingness to think outside the security hiring box is an advantage for Ellis, who oversees the security architecture and compliance of Akamai’s global network.


Akamai’s Open Platform Will Redefine Web Security: Corey Scobie, Akamai

Channel World

March 9, 2015


CW: Akamai is betting big on Open Platform for over a-year-and-a-half. What new initiatives can be expected around it?


Akamai is focusing on providing more integrated capabilities, covering all our global product capabilities. Therefore, we ramped up the amount of functionality that we offer to our customers around open developer services. We are fast becoming a solution-led company, and hence, we’re investing huge resources to deliver better user experience. Akamai is concentrating on improving website and application performance, by offering increased self-serviceability of our customers’ Akamai environments, and providing greater intelligence and insight in user experience.


In addition, we have realized that customers look for deeper integration into existing processes and operating environments, Akamai's Open Platform provides access to a rich set of REST-based APIs designed for seamless visibility, and complete control over their interaction. We make sure that our tools for our customers are also acceptable to developers to integrate in their environment. We feel it’s very revolutionary, as we provide extensive reach, coupled with unmatched reliability, security, visibility and expertise, with our new initiatives.


Another major announcement was Akamai Marketplace, which we consider a simplified way for companies to experiment and easily configure our products and services.


Online Video Traffic in Numbers*

VOD Professional

March 12, 2015


Last summer, online streaming reached new heights when peak traffic rates broke records during the football World Cup. Audiences are readily accessing streamed content to supplement their viewing experience of sport, favourite TV shows or movies and now increasingly use this technology as the primary delivery mechanism of choice. What has shaped this change in viewer behaviour and how are broadcasters adopting successful online video strategies?


Brazil 2014 marked a new and astonishing high for online video with a peak traffic rate of 6.9Tbps recorded on the Akamai Intelligent Platform during the Netherlands Vs Argentina semi-final match on July 9th. To put things into context 6.9Tbps equates to 6,900,000,000,000 bits of information per second, roughly enough to fill two large computer hard-drives every second. More importantly the peak online audiences for some matches were well over 5 million viewers.


Akamai worked with over 50 broadcasters and delivered the live streams to more than 80 countries around the world, making the tournament the largest live sporting event ever delivered over our platform. But we expect demand to increase even further in the future.


*Authored by Akamai’s Ian Munford