Black Friday store sales fall this year. This is no surprise as more buyers are shifting to online and smartphone shopping. comScore forecasts 14% growth to $70 Billion in 2015 US Holiday Digital Commerce spending via Desktop and Mobile Devices. With more and more buyers moving online, companies need to be prepared to handle huge volumes of web and app traffic.
As online audience expectations for rich web experiences have grown, the requirement to deliver increasingly complex applications has driven development and maintenance costs ever higher. Akamai can you help handle your business logic in a flexible manner.
Cloudlets are apps which help offload business logic onto the Akamai Intelligent Platform using a user-friendly interface and APIs. Cloudlets can be of great use during the Holiday season when websites can expect an unprecedented amount of traffic.
Commonly used cloudlets during holiday season:
Visitor Prioritization: It is used to provide a user-friendly waiting room experience to protect from site failure when the origin application is likely to get overloaded.
Also can be used to display a page when the back-end application is being updated.
API Prioritization: It helps avoid long wait times or server failure for native mobile apps and web apps in the event your API service is at risk of becoming overloaded.
Edge Redirector: It is used to manage and offload all site redirects onto the Akamai Intelligent Platform. Any emergency redirects go right here.
IP/Geo Access: It helps maintain blacklists/whitelists of user IP and geographic location. This is especially useful during the holiday season when we usually see a rise in rogue traffic.
Cloudlets are easy to manage with the help of the interactive user interface or self-serviceable APIs. Once configured, any changes can be propagated in less than 30 minutes.
Visitor Prioritization - 60 seconds
Asset Prioritization - 60 seconds
Edge Redirector - 30 mins
IP Geo - 60 seconds
Faster propagation times help deliver the right content in time to the end users, deal with unexpected loads and block unauthorized users.
Happy Holiday Season!
More on Cloudlets: https://www.akamai.com/us/en/solutions/intelligent-platform/cloudlets/
APIs for Cloudlets: https://developer.akamai.com/stuff/Cloudlets/Cloudlets.html