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Bringing OTT Video to Life at NAB

We are less than a month away from NAB and Akamai has some big plans in store. With the amount of buzz centered around over-the-top (OTT) video, our floor presence is dedicated to bringing OTT workflow and delivery to life. Show attendees can experience a behind-the-scenes look at the technologies that are helping drive the seismic transformation in media delivery and consumption. Each section of the Akamai booth will represent a key component of OTT workflow including capture, cloud, monitor and consume.

One of the important, and more interesting, use cases of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) is CORD.

CORD stands for Central Office Re-architected as Datacenter.  It "combines NFV, SDN, and the elasticity of commodity clouds to bring datacenter economics and cloud agility to the Telco Central Office" according to the CORD website.  It is an initiative that was started by AT&T and Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab) almost two years ago now.  

Join me over the next few posts as I talk about how to provide fast, reliable, and secure applications in the branch while protecting end-users and promoting a transparent and open Internet. In Enterprise Security - SSL/TLS Primer Part 1 - Data Encryption I covered the fundamentals of data encryption. For part two we will cover certificates. Let's start with the basics.

Not a single member of the Akamai automotive team has been to a Super Bowl party in the last 12 years. It's not because we're anti-social - quite the opposite - during each Super Bowl, we find ourselves in the same location where we are collectively sitting with one eye on the game, one eye on our screens and usually on a call (or several) with our automotive customers.  We are waiting with bated breath after their television ads run during the game and hoping for huge spikes in visitors to their sites. Our singular aim during Super Bowl is to ensure that the traffic our customers drive online is as large, error-free, secure, high-performing and successful as possible.

Redirecting On the Edge

On the web, every second counts. Service engineers and operations teams are looking for ways to save milliseconds from web pages' load times. One of the simpler ways to squeeze better performance from web pages already using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) is to move the redirection responses from origin to the edge. A simple and common example of redirects could be to upgrade the protocol used from HTTP to HTTPS. Another example could be to redirect to a locale-specific path. By using Akamai's Edge Redirector Cloudlet, customers can consolidate redirects that are being made through multiple layers in the technology stack to a single location on the edge.

In our last blog post, we discussed the many ways the Request Control Cloudlet could be used to provide conditional visitor access to your site or application. In this post, I'll break down which easy-to-configure Cloudlet app - Phased Release or Audience Segmentation - is right for you when it comes to splitting traffic over two or more origins.  

How your caching strategy will evolve with Fast Purge?

After having fine tuned every knob, switch, and slider to maximize cacheability on the Akamai Network, you head over to look at the offload graph hovering at a hair under 100 percent, taking immense pride in what you've accomplished. All in a day's work! The next morning rolls around and you come to find out that the Marketing team is launching a promotion to increase customer engagement and sales that requires a major update to the homepage... the kind of launch that requires removing objects from cache and re-publishing new ones, all within the instance it takes to split an atom into its elements.

By Nelson Chao and Will Law

Overview:

On November 30 in Los Angeles, Nokia Technologies held a launch event to announce the availability of the OZO, a first-of-its kind 3D 360-degree virtual reality (VR) camera, which is defining a new category in professional VR capture. To demonstrate the camera's capabilities, Nokia Technologies partnered with Akamai to deliver a live stream using the Akamai Network. Nokia Technologies used an OZO to live stream a performance by California surf-rock band Best Coast from atop the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood to guests and press at the event in downtown Los Angeles, who got to watch via VR headsets. 

How to Start Optimizing in an H/2 World

If there was ever a truism it is that technology is rapidly evolving under our feet.  What was right today, is likely to be sub-optimal tomorrow.  This situation can cause a sense of paralysis leading to delayed action because next week the "Next Great Thing" is coming soon.  With the advent of HTTP/2 (h2) that translates to holding off on optimizing your web properties.  When you have large portions of your user base on h2 and a similarly large portion on h1, you need to double your efforts to keep up!

Make Your Infrastructure Vanish

Are you delivering or thinking of delivering your web presence or application through a CDN? The many reasons to do so are well documented. Your site will be faster, more reliable, and you will require less data centre bandwidth and infrastructure. All this leads to a better user experience, which affects profitability, customer retention, conversation rates, etc. But this post isn't about why you should use a CDN. We're going to examine why you should hide your hosting presence (the Origin as we refer to it) from the Internet and how to do it.

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