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Last week we introduced Terra Alta to the public (watch video here, under "Akamai's Solution Portfolio") My blog post highlighted analysts talking about the cloud entering its "awkward teenage years" and how Terra Alta is taking on the 4th tier of application delivery to help the "teen cloud" grow up. I also promised I'd be back shortly with some additional insights into new ways Terra Alta helps address application delivery
Two things are pretty undeniable when it comes to mobile.One is that "online" activity (which is a pretty archaic term - most of us don't "go online" anymore; we're already there nearly all the time, even before we get out of bed in the morning) is shifting toward mobile. Whether you look at the Cisco Visual Networking Index, or the comprehensive, though now somewhat dated, Morgan Stanley Mobile Internet Report,
Recently analyst James Staten generated a lot of interest when he characterized the cloud as entering its "awkward teenage years," not quite at the point of adulthood, but stretching outside the comfort zone (of enterprises) and experimenting with new ideas. Today Akamai is introducing Terra Alta, its latest application acceleration product that acts kind of like a finishing school, so to speak, to help refine the cloud and deliver applications
I'm excited to announce that today we're open-sourcing Mobitest! We always saw Mobitest as a community tool. Following the acquisition, we raised the idea of open-sourcing it to the relevant people in Akamai, and it was immediately accepted. And so, roughly a month after the acquisition, we're ready to share the code with the world!Mobitest? Huh?If you're not familiar with it, here's a short recap on Mobitest. Mobitest is a
Since joining Akamai just over 2 years ago I have had the privilege to meet with Financial Services Institutions (FSIs) around the world and hear firsthand about their opportunities and challenges. It never ceases to amaze me how performance continues to play such a critical role in this industry, and how passionate and competitive people are about this. This passion exists firm-wide in many cases, and at the individual level.
Major sports brands have always led the way when it comes to leveraging technology to reach fans in more engaging and interactive ways. True fans never want to miss a moment of the action and as a direct result, the Super Bowl was streamed live for the first time last month and more than 2.1 million people watched, NBC said. Next up is the big college basketball tournament happening throughout
The Internet has enabled massive dematerialization of traditional brick and mortar industries through the emergence of online services such as shopping, banking, communications and entertainment. However, this success has been accompanied by rapid growth in the Internet's own increased material consumption and waste generation. Akamai is front and center in the Internet industry (albeit behind-the-scenes!) and has been working diligently to get in front of this challenge by implementing socially
I have been on my flight out to San Francisco to attend the Game Developers Conference as I write this, and have been thinking about how greatly our lives have been changed by hyperconnectivity. Do you feel like your lives have been impacted in this new era of devices? In which ways? Share your stories with us. I have been following Apple's product announcements today over my non-PC device via
I promised to return with some results on our new Akamai/Riverbed partnered SaaS acceleration solution, the Steelhead Cloud Accelerator.First, let's examine the challenges that SaaS applications add to end-user performance and productivity. Unlike origin-based applications, a branch user attaching to a SaaS application has unique challenges. In 80% of the use cases globally, that branch office user is forced to traverse the private WAN back to a HQ or "hub"
At eTail last week, one dominant theme continued to challenge retailers and vendors alike: how to create rich, engaging and consistent experiences across all customer touchpoints. And how to ensure those experiences flip the focus to the customer, versus products, brands or channels.We are truly in the era of YouCommerce and the new shopping experience must be where the shopper is, and with the full context of what they've told