Akamai Press Awareness 10/20/17: The Friday Five

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This week’s installment of “The Friday Five” follows… providing a snapshot of recent global press coverage that demonstrates how Akamai is helping customers move Faster Forward. If you see something interesting, please share it!


Highlights include:


  1. Bell and Akamai Announce Strategic Partnership
  2. Singles Day Readiness in China
  3. Akamai Sets Example in Renewable Energy
  4. How Scammers Steal Your Information
  5. Evolution of Cloud Delivery



News of Note – Corero, Bell, Akamai and more


October 19, 2017


Bell and Akamai Technologies announced a strategic partnership that expands Bell's broad portfolio of web security solutions for Canadian businesses with the addition of Akamai's leading web performance and cloud security products.


(See also Mobilesyrup)



A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats – Are You Ready for 2017 Singles Day?


October 18, 2017


Singles day in China is big – just how big you ask? Last year Alibaba alone had almost $18 billion in sales on Singles Day. Compare that to Amazons Prime day which was their biggest individual day yet with 60 percent growth year over a year and an estimated $1 billion in sales. Singles Day also dwarfs the North America Cyber Monday holiday which had sales of $3.4 billion in 2016.


This consumer behavior is good news for retailers as has been demonstrated by 1-800 flowers when they piggybacked on Amazons Prime day to drive increased sales. 1-800 flowers were able to increase enrolments into their Passport membership by 300 percent and other retailers like Walmart matched Amazon's fast shipping and dropped prices on a variety of items.


Amazon may dominate sales on Prime Day much like Alibaba dominates Singles Day with Tmall and Taobao accounting for 71 percent of sales but there is still room for other retailers to take advantage of Singles Day.


What can you do now to prepare for Singles Day?


(See also: D1NetC114JRJITFeedCIO.com, dsb)


*Authored by Akamai Chief Strategist of Commerce Jason Miller



The Corporate Renewables Market Is Ready for Smaller Buyers

Business Renewables Center

October 17, 2017


Akamai Technologies—a midsize American cloud-delivery-platform company—is setting an example for how relatively small electricity buyers and buyers with smaller distributed operations can get in the renewables game and help grow the market. With more than 240,000 servers running in thousands of locations in over 130 countries, Akamai has a truly global energy footprint. To mitigate the environmental impact of its growing business, the company has set goals to source renewable energy for 50 percent of its total network of servers and to lower greenhouse gas emissions below 2015 levels, all by 2020.


To meet these goals, in May 2017, Akamai signed a virtual power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Seymour Hills wind farm, a Texas project developed by Infinity Renewables. The PPA is for 7 MW of the project’s total 80 MW capacity, sufficient to cover the electricity load of Akamai’s entire network in Texas for 20 years.


Akamai’s network load includes the electricity used by its servers and its share of the electricity consumed by the third-party data centers hosting the servers. By sourcing renewables to offset data center emissions, Akamai is tackling its GHG Protocol Scope 3 emissions—the greenhouse gas emissions produced by its supply chain.



Tax scammers push refunds to steal personal information

Global News

October 18, 2017


You may have found one in your inbox: an email purporting to be from the Canada Revenue Agency stating you’re entitled to a refund. All you have to do is click a hyperlink. As Sean O’Shea reports, the scammers are using subterfuge to steal your personal information.



Flawless Digital Delivery

Enterprise Channels MEA

October 17, 2017


How have cloud delivery platforms evolved in 2017?

While the Internet has been a core component of business technology for nearly 20 years, over that same 20 years, its underlying architecture and technology have scarcely evolved. While today’s global Internet has gained in speed and capacity over the years, by and large it still functions on a “best effort” basis. And in a world where experiences, applications, data and infrastructure are increasingly moving to the cloud or hybrid environments, “best effort” is no longer enough.


Cloud delivery works in tandem with your cloud infrastructure – ensuring that the digital experiences, applications and data your business relies on actually reach your users and customers in a way that is fast, reliable and secure. Cloud delivery is optimized for the secure high accessibility of content, applications and data on any desired device, in any desired location.





The List of the 100 Companies That Matter Most in Online Video in 2017

Streaming Media

October 17, 2017


Our panel of 10 streaming media experts has spoken, and these are the 100 companies doing the most important and innovative work in online video today. Read our introduction to learn more about how the list was created. (Note that the Streaming Media 100 list highlights companies with headquarters in the U.S. We will announce our European Streaming Media 101 on our Streaming Media Europe site in November.)


Akamai Technologies

Founded: 1998
Chief Officer: Tom Leighton, CEO