General Cloudlets FAQs

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What is a Cloudlet?

A Cloudlet is a value-added application that complements Akamai’s core delivery solutions to solve specific business challenges. Cloudlets bring a site's business logic closer to the end user by placing it on the “edge” of the content delivery platform.


Do you need an Akamai product in order to use Cloudlets?

Yes, each Cloudlets application is designed to accompany your existing Akamai performance solution, and work in concert with Akamai’s other edge platform capabilities.

Which of Akamai’s products are compatible with Cloudlets?

Cloudlets are compatible with most of Akamai’s products/performance solutions.


In order to use Cloudlets, you need to:

  • have an Akamai performance solution.
  • have traffic being sent over the Akamai network.
  • be using Property Manager.

Note: Media products do not currently support Cloudlets.



What is Cloudlets Policy Manager?

The Cloudlets Policy Manager is the user interface (UI) for creating and managing Cloudlets policies. Like Property Manager, with Cloudlets Policy Manager you can set up different versions of a policy. Within that policy version, you set up the rules that will trigger the Cloudlet based on criteria from incoming requests.


Note: The match criteria available for rules varies by Cloudlet. See the user guides for Cloudlets or the on-line help for more information.


You can activate your Cloudlets policies from within Cloudlets Policy Manager, allowing you to make and deploy changes to your Cloudlets policies without having to update your entire property configuration.


Note: Because Cloudlets Policy Manager is a separate application within the Luna Control Center, you can provide access to this application to staff who do not need access to Property Manager.


Do I need Property Manager in order to use Cloudlets?

Yes. While Cloudlets policies are configured in Cloudlets Policy Manager, you need to use Property Manager to add a Cloudlet to a specific digital property.


Which applications are required to fully provision and configure Cloudlets?

To set up Cloudlets you use applications available from Akamai’s Luna Control Center: primarily Cloudlets Policy Manager and Property Manager.


You will need to use other Akamai applications when setting up users and groups, and when using a Cloudlet that requires NetStorage for certain types of content.


Note: If you are currently using Configuration Manager as your portal configuration application, you will have to upgrade to Property Manager before you can use Cloudlets.


In addition, you can use the Cloudlets OPEN API for the configuration tasks available from Cloudlets Policy Manager.


Why do I have to use a separate application to set up Cloudlets?

The separate Cloudlets Policy Manager application gives your organization flexibility when managing your Cloudlets. With Cloudlets Policy Manager you get:

  • The ability to control policy versions and rules in a single place using Cloudlets Policy Manager.
  • Role-based access which allows you to extend Cloudlet control to employees who do not use Property Manager.
  • Separate activation functionality, allowing you to change Cloudlets policy versions and rules without having to update your entire property configuration.

Note: There is also a single Cloudlets {OPEN} API that allows you to modify and activate Cloudlets policies without logging into Luna Control Center.


Why do I need to adjust settings in both Property Manager and Cloudlets Policy Manager?

We designed Cloudlets to have two layers of match conditions on purpose. This design provides flexibility and allows you to use Property Manager to configure broad settings for your property, and to use Cloudlets Policy Manager for Cloudlets-specific settings. 

In addition, these two layers allow you to divvy up responsibilities so that fewer updates are needed to your property configuration. By providing certain staff access to only Cloudlets Policy Manager, they can roll out Cloudlets changes without changing any settings in Property Manager. For example, if you use Edge Redirector, you might want to provide Marketing staff with access to Cloudlets Policy Manager so they can maintain their own redirects but not make any property-level changes.


Can I try a Cloudlet before I decide to purchase?

Yes, commitment-free trials are available either from the Akamai Marketplace in the Luna Control Center or by working with your account management team.
The Akamai Marketplace is available for Akamai’s direct customers. From the Marketplace you can quickly provision and begin using your trial Cloudlet.


What is the Akamai Marketplace?

If you are a direct Akamai customer, you can use the Akamai Marketplace to learn about new products, initiate a free trial, and purchase Akamai products.
In order to access trials in the Akamai Marketplace, you must have a current Akamai solution. As a customer, to find the Akamai Marketplace, simply log into the Luna Control Center and look for the Marketplace link in the top right corner.


Is there an API for Cloudlets?

Yes. The Cloudlets OPEN API includes operations that allow you to create, modify, and delete specific policies or policy versions, as well as the rules contained within a policy version. 

To modify Cloudlets rules, you can either update the version containing the rule you want to modify, or simply create a new version with the rule changes you want.


You can find documentation for the Cloudlets API at Akamai’s {OPEN} API site.


How will I learn about setting up and managing Cloudlets applications?

All Cloudlets come with a user guide, and many also have video walkthroughs available. These resources provide information on how to configure your Cloudlets in the Luna Control Center.

To access the available Cloudlets documentation and videos, see the Cloudlets Documentation page.


Note: If you will be using the Cloudlets API, go to the  {OPEN} site for more information.


Should I expect an increase in latency when using Cloudlets?

No. Cloudlets use the Akamai Intelligent Platform’s processing engine so the performance of Cloudlets will be similar to other Akamai applications.


How many rules can you add to a Cloudlets policy?

The current limit of rules per Cloudlets policy is 5,000. However, there is no limit to the number of Cloudlets policies you can create.


In Property Manager, can you increase the Cloudlets rule limit by adding multiple Cloudlet behaviors to a single property?

You can, but remember that only one instance of a Cloudlet behavior will execute for a given request. You will need to create Property Manager rules that segregate the Cloudlet behaviors so the appropriate instance is invoked by that request.

For example, say you are using Edge Redirector to manage redirects for two main sections of your site: /products/* and /search/*. Each section has 2500+ redirects, so you would create two Edge Redirector policies, one for /products and one for /search, and build up the rules and redirects for each.

You would also create two Property Manager rules, one for a path match on /products/* and another for a path match on /search/*. For the /products match, select the “products” policy in the Edge Redirector behavior. For the /search match, select the “search” policy in the Edge Redirector behavior.

Note:  You can only add one instance of a Cloudlets behavior in a single Property Manager rule.


Where do I set up cookies for my Cloudlets?

Some Cloudlets, like Visitor Prioritization and Audience Segmentation, include custom cookie settings. For these Cloudlets, you configure the cookie settings within the Cloudlet’s behavior in Property Manager.


On the Cloudlets Usage Report, what is the difference between the two widgets?

The Cloudlets Usage Report provides metrics for an individual Cloudlet based on the selected traffic segments, or Content Provider (CP) codes. The Cloudlet Hits widget provides data about the number of times a Cloudlet ran in response to an incoming request. The Cloudlet Rule Activity widget displays the number of times a Cloudlet ran after a rule within a policy matched.


Both widgets also display numbers for total, peak, and latest hits.


Can you "turn off" a Cloudlets policy version?

Yes. You can effectively turn off a Cloudlets policy version by activating an empty, or blank, policy version. This version would include no rules, just the high-level information about the policy. To set up an empty policy version in Cloudlets Policy Manager:

  1. Navigate to the Policy Details page.

    1. From the Luna Control Center, select Configure > Cloudlets > Cloudlets Policy Manager.

    2. On the Cloudlet Policies screen, either click the name of the policy containing the version you want to view, or click the cog in the Action column and select View Policy Details.
  2. Click Create New Version.
  3. In the Based on Version field, select New, empty version.
  4. Enter a description of the version in the Version Notes field.
  5. Click Create Version.


Where can I find the most up-to-date documentation for Cloudlets?

The Cloudlets Documentation page provides links to the most up-to-date documentation for Cloudlets. You can also access this page by clicking the Support link in the Luna Control Center, and clicking User & Developer Guides and Cloudlets.


Cloudlets Policy Manager includes an on-line help system, and Cloudlets behaviors in Property Manager include on-line help topics.


The Cloudlets API documentation is available from the Akamai {OPEN} API site.