While this year's Super Bowl XLIX pitted two powerhouse teams from Seattle and Boston squarely against one another, behind the scenes two other notable Seattle and Boston organizations worked closely to help ensure viewers could enjoy the game live online. The Super Bowl is just one of many of the major online events upon which
Microsoft and Akamai have collaborated, with others including the Sochi Winter Olympics and Brazil World Cup.
This longstanding relationship took another significant step earlier today when Microsoft announced a new partnership with Akamai designed to provide an Azure content delivery network (CDN) offering using the Akamai platform. As part of this relationship, Akamai is integrating our global CDN capabilities directly into the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, affording users access to best-in-class cloud computing and CDN services via a single, unified solution.
The combination of Azure and Akamai will avail users to greater speed, performance and reliability for the solutions they develop, deploy and deliver on Azure. The offering also creates a broader global footprint and offers access to a wider range of capabilities and advanced features.
Azure will make the solution available to a limited number of target customers beginning November 1, 2015, with general availability to follow in early 2016 through the Azure portal.
This is an exciting opportunity for customers, and both Akamai and Microsoft look forward to seeing how they take advantage of the new capabilities to enhance existing solutions and create new ones.
PJ Joseph is AVP, Global Strategic Alliances at Akamai.