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Akamai Web Performance Videos - New And Improved!

It's exciting to see how Web Performance is increasingly going mainstream. More conferences have performance talks, more organizations have performance teams, more business goals include performance requirements... It's fun to see what used to be a small community of passionate speed fanatics grow and expand into the broader web tech world. 

With this broader adoption, it's critical that we also scale how we educate about web performance. We need to expand from one-on-one education, or even conference presentations, to great education content that can be consumed anywhere, anytime. Google's Web Fundamentals section about web performance, and Ilya Grigorik's Udacity Web Performance Course are great examples of doing just that. 


It's that time of year, and again I have the pleasure of participating in two Edge conferences: The panel-based EdgeConf conference in San Francisco this Saturday (Sep 20th) and the Akamai customer conference, Akamai Edge, in Miami on Oct 8-10.

Both conferences are going to be a blast, and I'm looking forward to both.

Big Data 101

Big Data is one of the hottest technology buzzwords today. More and more organizations look to understand and utilize their data better. This video explains what does the term Big Data actually mean, what are the primary tools used for it, and how can Akamai help organizations deal with Big Data.

Prefetching: Anticipating the Next Move

The fastest HTTP request is the one never made. And a great way to avoid making the request is to fetch it before the user ever requested it! This video explains the different prefetching technologies Akamai offers, how each helps, and how they differ from one another.

Measuring Web Performance: Synthetic vs RUM

How you measure page can dramatically impact your view on a website's performance. Synthetic testing tools on one hand and Real User Monitoring technology are all useful, but only if you understand what they represent. In this video Mike McCall, Product Architect at Akamai, explains the different measuring tools, and what purpose does each one serve.

DNS 101 - From a Web Browsing Perspective

DNS (Domain Name System) queries are a hidden component of practically everything we do on the web - and specifically, they make up an important part of web browsing. This video explains the core principles of DNS, as they relate to web browsing, and why a fast DNS matters.


What is your Page Load Time?

We always talk about having a fast Page Load Time. However, determing the actual time a page is loaded, let alone standardizing that across the industry, is not simple. In this video Mike McCall, Product Architect at Akamai, explains the differences between the main interpretations of Page Load Time.

Cloud Management & Brokering

Cloud platforms, such as Amazon AWS, are extremely powerful tools in getting hardware up and running. However, maintaining a scalable and reliable system in the cloud is still quite complicated, and requires a fair bit of effort. In this video Gary Ballabio, Director of Enterprise Products at Akamai, explains some of the challenges involved, how Cloud Management tools play into it, and how Akamai fits into the picture.

Responsive Web Design & its Performance Pitfalls

Responsive Web Design (RWD) is a powerful new approach to tackling the challenge of mobile browsing, which advocates having a single website for all devices, but one that adapts to the device width & capabilities on the client itself. While powerful, RWD brings with it a set of performance concerns. This video explains what RWD is and - more importantly - how to understand and avoid the performance concerns it entails.



HTTP is one of the powering forces of the Internet today. However, HTTP has barely changed in over a decade, and carries with it many limitations that cripple our everyday user experience. SPDY, and subsequently HTTP/2, aim to address those limitations and offer a new and improved way to access content on the web. This video explains these new techniques, along with their limitations and status.

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