We're honored that Akamai received three 2013 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards, which were presented during a ceremony at the Streaming Media West conference in Huntington Beach, Calif., on Wednesday, Nov. 20th. Akamai ranked first in the Content Delivery Network (CDN), Cloud Encoding/Transcoding, and Reporting & Analytics Platform categories.
Akamai's Sola Sphere won for CDN. Built upon the Akamai Intelligent Platform of more than 141,000 globally distributed servers, Sola Sphere is the world's first and largest content delivery network, providing online storage and HTTP media delivery to address the expansive variety of network types and connection speeds.
Sola Vision Transcoding topped the Cloud Encoding/Transcoding category. The cloud-based transcoding services are optimized to combine the quality, simplicity and speed necessary generate multiple copies of a video file that are so crucial to adaptive bitrate streaming and a positive viewing experience across multiple devices and varying levels of connectivity.
Finally, Sola Analytics was the readers' choice for Reporting and Analytics Platform. Consisting of Audience Analytics, Quality of Service Monitor and Viewer Diagnostics, Sola Analytics delivers insights designed to address numerous business issues, including maximizing monetization, try-to-buy conversions, optimizing product portfolios, prioritizing marketing efforts, managing distribution strategies, addressing rights holder requirements, and monitoring and allocating costs.
According to Streaming Media, it received more than 300 nominations across 26 categories. We want to extend our thanks to everybody who voted for Akamai this year, and congratulations to all of this year's winners and finalists.
Chris Nicholson is a senior public relations manager at Akamai.