Have you ever visited a soybean farm in North Carolina? I haven't, despite the fact that it's one of the top 5 crops for the state. I have, though, visited one of the lesser known profit driving farms in NC, the server farm. To be more accurate, I visited the front end showroom for a major server manufacturer and service provider. It was a fully functioning cold server room, with a raised floor, and giant cables criss-crossing the ceiling. It reminded me of the scene in the Matrix when Morpheus leads Neo into the giant weapons cache.
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Images are used to inspire, evoke emotion, and provide ways of communicating that simply cannot be done with words. It's no wonder that web pages with images get 94 percent more views than those without.
Images have become integral to how we experience the web, and the importance of delivering the right image at the right time to your users couldn't be more important. First impressions matter, and your users will see and experience images on a web page 60,000 times faster than text.
At SOASTA, we collect a massive amount of real user data for many top retailers. This past long weekend, not surprisingly, saw an enormous surge in the amount of user experiences our customers monitored and measured. On Black Friday alone, we collected almost 2 billion beacons' worth of real user data.* By the end of Cyber Monday, we estimate that we will have collected between 5-7 billions beacons of data.
With the Black Friday, Cyber Monday holiday weekend upon us, retailers in the U.S. and abroad are preparing for another peak period for customer acquisition and commerce revenues. In 2016, the U.S. eCommerce market is the second largest globally and is expected to reach a total of $482 billion by 2018. China is still the global leader with its B2C eCommerce market accounting for 38% of worldwide turnover; this Singles' Day, November 11th, 2016, Alibaba's success highlighted the region's potential turning over $17.8 billion in sales in one day (and $1 billion in just the first five minutes), surpassing last year's record of $14.3 billion record by 24%.
Leading up to the U.S Presidential Election last week, the oracles of the security world were warning of all the possible types of attacks we might see during the day of decision making. We were preparing for attacks against voting machines, disinformation spread through social media platforms, more email leaks, and above all Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against everyone from the White House to news sites around the globe. Yet none of these seem to have materialized.
I outran a ferocious dog once. The memory is still very fresh for me, despite the fact that it happened 30 years ago. What should be most impressive about this story is that I ran up fourteen flights of stairs, without stopping. I don't think I've ever accomplished this level of physical excellence ever again. I wonder what would have happened if I had been exposed to Gamma rays just as the chase began. We'll never know.
We live in a multitasking world. You see people every day surfing their phones with their right hand, mid-conversation with the person across the table from them, while also trying to make a lunch selection from the menu in their left hand. Without getting into the concerns about our mental health and the fraying of the social fabric in our personal lives, we should recognize that we are expecting more from every interaction, and from every role in our business lives.
Count me among the tech pundits who got last night wrong. I predicted to my colleagues that peak traffic on election night here in the U.S. wouldn't beat the debates. Boy was I wrong!
We've been tracking peak traffic and peak concurrent viewers across a basket of 16 customers for the debates, election night and early next year, Inauguration Day.
Each quarter the Akamai team delves into the volumes of data that we have at our disposal. Every time we do so we find something new and exciting, and this last quarter was by no means an exception. You might have heard of a little botnet called Mirai that set the Internet on its ear during the month of October.
Nominum, now part of Akamai, Data Science just released a new Data Science and Security report that investigates the largest threats affecting organizations and individuals, including ransomware, DDoS, mobile device malware, IoT-based attacks and more. Below is an excerpt.
Different cultures and nationalities have different naming conventions; I came from a one that led me to face the universe with a personal name "Or". I fact, my name has different meanings in different languages. In English the meaning of "Or" is function word that indicate alternatives and in computer coding languages the name "Or" is being used as Boolean operator that enable us to write conditions in our code.
New Year's Eve is typically in the depth of end-of-year change freezes for most IT organizations. At the end of 2016, however, two major events will be occurring right at the end of the year: a leap second and the final end of browser support for SHA-1 TLS certificates. Both of these changes have the potential to break software systems and applications. Significant preparation, planning, and testing ahead-of-time can significantly reduce the risk for both.
Akamai is participating in the East Coast edition of NAB next week as we head to NAB Show New York at the Javits Center November 9th-10th.
Stop by booth #1053 where we'll have a host of interactive demonstrations highlighting Akamai technology and services that can help broadcasters and content owners deliver OTT video at consistently high quality and scale. This includes live and on-demand video workflows, new media acceleration technology and predictive content delivery and pre-positioning capabilities onto connected devices.