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:
May 5, 2015
The number of cloud service providers cleared to work with the Defense Department widely expanded Monday. DISA announced that 23 cloud platforms have been given provisional authority to operate and are cleared to hold the least-sensitive level of Defense information.
The announcement comes after Defense Information Systems Agency CIO David Bennett made it clear last August that DOD would look for ways to use the commercial cloud within its own systems.
Boston Business Journal
May 4, 2015
Among U.S. states, Massachusetts has the third-most cybersecurity firms on the list, behind California, with 150, and Virginia — well known for its plethora of governmental defense and security companies — with 41.
According to the website, The Cybersecurity 500 "creates awareness and recognition for the most innovative cybersecurity companies – ranging from the largest and most recognizable brands, to VC backed start-ups and emerging players, to small firms with potentially game‑changing technologies, to solution providers poised for growth around productized or vertically focused services."
March/April Issue; pg. 27
US-based Akamai is renowned for its ability to help businesses provide an unparalleled Internet experience for customers everywhere in the world and across different devices and networks. Jason Miller, chief strategist of Commerce at Akamai, shares with Retail Asia’s how the company is able to do this and how it views the Asia-Pacific region.
How can Akamai help retailers who decide to go omni-channel? We often hear of complaints about online portals that are slow and cumbersome – how is Akamai helping to improve user experience?
Miller: We’re trying to be a big proponent of responsive design. It’s really complicated to render a good customer experience to a user on a phone if you’re not tailoring it to his or her device. What responsive design does is it allows you to tailor to all the different devices, form factors and sizes.
What Akamai does is, it helps overcome some of the limitations of responsive design.
(See also Future Ready Singapore)
May 5, 2015
As the network has become integral to everything businesses do, enterprises are moving way beyond the straightforward provision of access to applications and data hosted in corporate data centers. They are now also providing seamless connectivity to internet and cloud applications for users on many types of device.
That shift is reflected in the changing role of a content delivery network (CDN) and the emergence of hybrid networking, which brings together new use cases, increased bandwidth demands, software as a service (SaaS), security and compliance as well as management and cost control.
Operators are using CDNs to support a wide variety of enterprise services. This is reflected in predictions from analyst firm Informa, which reports the CDN market will be worth US$6.9 billion in 2017, having experienced a compound annual growth rate of 14% in the period 2012-2017.
May 4, 2015
Most parts of the industry seem to think it will be a while before 4K, super-high-definition content is being streamed en masse. But network company Akamai says it can see consumer bandwidth increase positively toward that time.
“We’ve started seeing growth not only in traffic on the network but growth in individual bitrates,” Akamai product management and operations VP Michael Fay tells Beet.TV executive producer Andy Plesser in this video interview.
“2014, we saw about 2.3Mbits (per second) average bitrate being streamed, but we’re seeing a lot more audiences for a lot more devices growing to four and five Mbit streams, on the journey to a 4K experience, which might be a 12Mbit stream.”
(See also Beet.TV)