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:
- Akamai’s presence at RSA
- Interview with Tom Leighton
- Behind the Scenes with GRAMMY Live
- CDN Qualification Programs Explained?
- Management Hires in APJ
April 22, 2015
The road to a secure web is fraught with difficulties both in technology and practice.
Speaking at RSA Conference in San Francisco, Andy Ellis, chief security officer at Akamai said that while it appears that getting HTTPS turned on and achieving privacy is almost within our grasp, it is not as there is still confusion between secrecy and privacy.
In his talk, titled “the long road to a secure web”, Ellis said that what is holding us back on HTTPS everywhere is the “loose tie” connection between HTTPS and TLS, and loose between IP and TLS where you are not sure whether to trust a client or server.
April 23, 2015
CBR spoke with Dr Tom Leighton, CEO and co founder of Akamai about the challenges which are facing the network infrastructure and what needs to happen to solve them.
The explosion of traffic is one that is already impacting the infrastructure, the growth of video is going to increase and the question is, is the infrastructure there to deal with it?
Leighton explains the situation: "Think about a typical person going home at night at a prime time and watching a high quality video over IP. You have maybe a couple of billion people do that - which everyone thinks is the way the world is going. They watch in quality that is a little better than DVD, but not as good as 4K, maybe half the quality of 4K, that would be 20-25 thousand terabytes a second."
April 23, 2015
It takes a year to plan the 9-hour live coverage for the Grammy Awards, which this year served 7 million view sessions. Here's how Akamai, All Mobile Video Digital Media, and a team of over 100 people put it together.
“We start planning next year’s the day after this one is done,” says Bill Wheaton, senior vice president and general manager of the media division at Akamai, the CDN that takes the feed from All Mobile Video and delivers it to PCs, connected televisions, and hundreds of types of mobile devices. Einstein adds that preparation for Grammy Live really ramps up about 4 months ahead of the February event, which this year drew more than 1.2 million total users and more than 7 million view sessions.
April 20, 2015
I spoke with both CDNs and encoder manufacturers to get an overall perspective on station/CDN working relationships, and what qualification really means.
In order to set its own benchmark and ensure the stability of the encoder, some CDNs will test the compatibility of the connection between the station’s encoder and the CDN’s access point. At Akamai, headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., there is a test lab dedicated to qualifying encoders. As explained by Victor Wong, senior software development engineer in test-MCDN servers, and Jason Toohey, engineering manager-MCDN services, there have been two driving forces for the certification process for encoders.
“Customers call us with complaints and issues about encoders not working properly,” said Toohey, “And we’re their first contact. The problem usually boils down to issues such as how closely the encoder adheres to streaming standards, or other software issues, such as how well their retry algorithm works after an interruption. We often end up in a reactive mode, trying to put out fires, which isn’t good.”
April 23, 2015
Content Delivery Network (CDN) services company, Akamai, has beefed up its Asia-Pacific and Japan team with the appointment of four seniors to help drive company growth for itself and its partners across the region.
Michael Afergan has been promoted to the role of Akamai Asia-Pacific and Japan products senior vice-president. He will be responsible for leading the region’s product development and product management teams, designing and developing products for local markets, and for overseeing product and technical engagement with customers and key partners.
Afergan has been serving Akamai since 1999 in a number of roles. He started off as one of its first technical leaders and has since served as senior vice-president and general manager of the Web experience division and as chief technology officer in addition to holding key roles within Akamai’s engineering and product divisions.
April 19, 2015
If there is one topic in the business world today it is that consumer and enterprise behavior is being rapidly transformed by technology.
In the world of technology, it is the four-headed monster called "social, mobile, analytic and cloud," or SMAC, that everybody is focused on. This four-headed monster has impacted every aspect of our existence as individuals, citizens and employees.
SMAC has unearthed a new set of opportunities for organizations and governments in how they engage with their customers, suppliers, partners and citizens.
*Authored by Akamai’s Srinivas Padmanabharao, Director Product Marketing, APJ
April 24, 2015
The annual RSA Security Conference is one of the largest and most important information security trade shows. On the first day of the 2015 conference, we heard that "It is a lopsided team in the field" when it comes to women in IT security. When I walked the halls at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, I saw men and women, old and young, and people of colour. If you look at the print advertisements in the conference's program guide, all of that diversity disappears.
When I look at the program guide, I only see three female faces in the print ads. Akamai's ad is a notable bright spot; the company has only one person (a woman) in its ad, and she is depicted in a professional role getting business done. This ad should not be remarkable -- there should be other ads that depict women in professional roles.