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In my line of work, we talk a lot about traffic trends. They're usually predictable and based around certain events: a major trailer launch, Black Friday in the U.S, the Olympics. But the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed all expectations for 2020, and has itself become a noteworthy event, driving its own traffic. And one of the biggest trends we've seen during the pandemic is increased online gaming.
The COVID-19 health crisis created a dramatic shift in our lifestyles. With work, school, and entertainment taking place in home environments now, it's no surprise that screen time is up. Nielsen reports that not only did overall media consumption jump significantly in the first quarter of 2020, the share of video streaming in total time spent online rose from 19% in fourth-quarter 2019 to 25% in second-quarter 2020. Never has
Gartner published its 2020 Magic Quadrant for Web Application Firewalls (WAF)i and named Akamai a Leader for the fourth consecutive year. Gartner's high distinction is market recognition of our completeness of vision and ability to execute.
If the title sounds like a trick question, it really depends on who you ask. Semantically, it seems clear that if you take the "edge" and combine it with "computing" you get edge computing. But if you have been reading headlines, you would be justified in having doubts that the answer is that simple. You may also still be asking the fundamental question, "what is the edge, anyway?"
Access to media through the internet is a huge part of how so many in the world are entertained, informed, and even educated nowadays. And 2020 has shined an even greater light on that fact as many around the world have needed to adjust to life during a pandemic. At Akamai, we saw traffic delivered from our network jump 30% in March -- essentially creating growth that we expect to
Akamai's October Platform Update offers a ton of new features for our customers across all industries. But if you're an online retailer, you should really be paying attention to improvements to EdgeWorkers and Image & Video Manager, which provide expanded capabilities for creating new microservices and managing video and image delivery at the edge.
Whenever we talk about what's next for Akamai's security portfolio, we clearly want to look at the challenges that are top of mind for our customers -- both today and tomorrow. And what a year 2020 has shaped up to be in terms of new challenges for CISOs and their security teams.
At the end of a busy week of Akamai platform updates, edge computing rises as a critical focus. Akamai has been operating services at the edge for over 20 years, from content and media delivery, app and IoT optimization, to cloud and enterprise security. Now we are excited to open up the full potential of our platform to developers with EdgeWorkers, allowing companies to run their own code serverless on
Homes have always been hubs; now they're even more so. Some jobs shifted to work from home, and many children are experiencing distance learning at bedroom desks or kitchen tables or whatever is available. Traditional workplaces like large businesses, government agencies, and other organizations have resources to manage security, but most families and small and midsize businesses (SMBs) don't, even though they're exposed to similar threats.