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 11, 2015
I couldn’t help but think about this story when I recently spoke with Lorenz Jakober, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Akamai who told me about Cisco Intelligent WAN with Akamai Connect. Specifically, how Cisco’s ISR-AX line of routers can be enhanced by Akamai software which uses intelligent caching to speed up branch-office computing – substituting for or often improving the performance of costly network upgrades.
The company says a big differentiator they offer is caching efficiency – obviously Akamai is famous for being able to store content locally and generally distribute it more efficiently… They’ve been in business 20 years or so doing precisely this.
Lorenz left me with one final thought – this solution puts WAN optimization, caching, security and path control in a single box making it more cost effective and faster than numerous disparate solutions.
May 8, 2015
A 2014 survey of nearly 3,500 consumers around the world found 51% were willing to “wait patiently,” or more than two seconds, for a web page to load. That’s compared to 63% who said they were willing to be patient five years earlier. Market research firm TNS ran the 2014 survey commissioned by web performance firm Akamai Technologies Inc.
Akamai, in its analysis of the survey results, says consumers’ expectation for speed and their willingness to wait are the same regardless of the device they use to access the web. If they encounter a slow-loading or stalling site, 50% will go to another site to accomplish their task and 22% won’t return to the site where they encountered problems.
Consumers on smartphones encounter the greatest number of “dissatisfying experiences,” Akamai says. The vendor says the top two responses about what constitutes a dissatisfying experience are that the site was slow to respond or the site was not available. 39% of smartphone users reported dissatisfaction, as did 35% of tablet users and 25% of desktop users.
(See also: Journal du Net)
May 11, 2015
Trifecta Stocks' Bryan Ashenberg and Bob Lang praised the company's resilience in today's analysis, noting that Akamai was able to transform itself into a profitable company after surviving a period of extreme valuation and eventual decline.
The days of volatility may be behind the Cambridge, MA-based company as its stock trades at its highest point in over a decade.
Jim Cramer, portfolio manager of the Action Alerts PLUS Charitable Trust, believes that the company's cyber security division is under the radar and could provide hidden value in the future.
"This company has a killer cyber security division that no one is focused on, yet that could help continue to propel the company's stock higher," said Cramer.
The Boston Globe
May 13, 2015
It’s the 25th anniversary of the annual MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, the business-plan contest that has gained a national following among those looking to keep up with the next hot tech trend. When it was launched in 1990 with a modest $10,000 prize, the event pioneered the college pitch contest, a style that now dominates the startup landscape.
Several of the contest’s most successful alums did not win the contest. Akamai Technologies Inc. came in fifth place in 1998, its founders spending the $100 prize for topping the software category on beer. Today, it manages Internet traffic around the world and is valued at more than $13 billion. Another also-ran, Harmonix, maker of the hit video game “Rock Band,” was bought by MTV for $175 million.
May 11, 2015
In the autumn opened Akamai office in Copenhagen, and is now starting to expand further with the recent acquisition of online video technology company Octoshape. Akamai Danish customer base already includes several major TV stations and media houses in Denmark.
Akamai is an international major player in the CDN services and handles between 15 and 30 per cent of the daily traffic on the network. Akamai Intelligent Platform is the center of Akamai solutions and consists of a distributed network of over 170,000 servers and intelligent software implemented in over 100 countries covering the Internet's core network.