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Three Cloud-First Akamai Initiatives to Support Your Cloud Journey

61% of organizations plan to focus on cloud migration this year.   

93% have a multi-cloud strategy.1  

This means that on average your organization is using 2.2 public clouds, multiplying your complexity and your costs.

While the cloud has delivered on a lot of promises, it isn't getting simpler or easier to manage.  At Akamai, we recognize that our customers are on this cloud journey and understand that it is different for each of you. Today I'd like to announce some of the ways Akamai is making it easier to support your ever-evolving cloud journey.

I'd like to highlight three exciting cloud-first initiatives by Akamai:

  • Interconnects
  • Cloud Access Manager
  • Cloud Wrapper

These initiatives work directly with your Cloud Service Provider (CSP) to reduce cost, streamline authentication integration, and provide flexibility for multi-origin and multi-CDN architectures.

Update for GCP Interconnects

77% of organizations use cost efficiency and savings to measure cloud progress, while 82% mention cloud spend as one of their primary challenges.Akamai's existing relationships with Google Cloud Platform, Azure, and AWS have long helped customers with their cloud integrations. GCP customers can now leverage Akamai's private network interconnects (PNIs) via a self-service behavior in Property Manager to accelerate onboarding. These PNIs offer private backhaul to CSPs enabling discounts on egress costs while providing improved reliability and performance gains. Depending on your traffic type and your CSP, your organization can receive huge cost savings on cloud egress traffic. Best of all, Cloud Interconnects is included with many of our delivery products. As part of this announcement this self-service capability is now available for Ion and DSA customers. Akamai's distribution of PNIs is vast, with many direct-peering relationships. Click here to see a list of our interconnects and don't miss an opportunity to learn more about our latest GCP interconnect announcement.

Day2_Blog3_Cloud1.pngCloud Access Manager

Managing your cloud storage and authenticated access is critical for maintaining your enterprise's security posture. This becomes even more important when introducing partners and when managing multiple CSPs. This is where Akamai's Cloud Access Manager (CAM) comes in. Designed as a single location to manage cloud access keys within Akamai, CAM provides secure management and use of cloud authentication directly in your delivery configuration. We're supporting AWS and GCP currently, with support for Azure coming soon. To learn more check out our blog post that introduced Cloud Access Manager.

Day2_Blog3_Cloud2edited.pngCloud Wrapper

According to the average organization with a cloud initiative is over budget on their cloud spend by 23%.3 One of the most efficient ways Akamai can help reduce your cloud spend is by reducing the requests to your CSP.  Akamai Cloud Wrapper offers a private reserved cache in the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform, shielding your CSP from duplicate requests for cacheable content. Akamai recognizes that not all workloads offer the same highly efficient caching of a traditional shared CDN platform, and Cloud Wrapper offers protection against high traffic origin spikes that lead to increased cloud egress costs and unpredictability. We recognize the importance of this improved offload so much that we are excited to announce Cloud Wrapper for Multi-CDN, providing a central hub for your delivery architecture. Coming in Q4, you'll be able to point other CDN's to Akamai Cloud Wrapper as their origin, thereby maximizing cache efficiency and reducing cloud egress even further. To learn more about Cloud Wrapper and its new Multi-CDN feature take a look at the product brief.

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While the three solutions highlighted above directly relate to integrating with your CSP, Akamai as a platform brings a lot of your cloud workloads to the edge, being truly CSP agnostic. Our edge security model featuring an industry leading WAF coupled with our Zero Trust architecture and Edge DNS integrate seamlessly wherever your cloud journey takes you, providing you the peace of mind that security need not be compromised. Our EdgeWorkers, Cloudlets, and solutions like Image and Video Manager provide the flexibility to take compute workloads from the cloud to the edge where your users are.  Akamai's CLI, APIs, and Terraform providers help automate Akamai as code to support your ever-evolving continuous deployment model.

As your cloud initiative evolves from nascent first step to full blown multi-cloud and hybrid cloud architectures, Akamai is here to provide a unified edge allowing your business to maintain the security, performance, and reliability that your end users expect.  We look forward to sharing more about how Akamai fits into your ever-evolving cloud initiatives in the future. In the meantime we hope you find this reference architecture useful as you embark on the next leg of your cloud journey.

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1 https://info.flexera.com/SLO-CM-REPORT-State-of-the-Cloud-2020

2 https://info.flexera.com/SLO-CM-REPORT-State-of-the-Cloud-2020

3 https://resources.flexera.com/web/eloqua/images/charts/sotc/2020/organizational-spend-on-public-cloud.png