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A lot of companies talk about edge computing today, but at Akamai, we've been doing it for more than 20 years. We were the first company to offer edge computing services, beginning in 1999 with advanced metadata, an XML-based language used to enable a variety of capabilities on our edge platform -- things like access revocation, ad insertion, throttling, and visitor prioritization. We followed this with our deployment of Edge
The edge is becoming more critical in a world of 5G and IoT. I've seen the evolution from 1x to 3G to 4G and now 5G over the many years I've worked in the mobile space, and 5G and IoT will drive the biggest changes we have seen on the edge in 10 or 20 years.
The workforce is remote, the data center is the cloud, the corporate network is the internet, and the security stack is at the edge.
The future of work is multi-modal, the future corporate office is a private coffee shop with great Wi-Fi, and the future of enterprise security is going to have to adapt rapidly.
What would happen if everything we do in the world were to suddenly go online? We got the answer to that question early this year, when the global coronavirus pandemic forced almost everyone and everything to move online: commerce, meetings with colleagues and customers, classroom learning, appointments with the doctor, entertainment, and live gatherings, such as Akamai's upcoming digital event, Edge Live | Adapt, on November 10 and 11.
Here in the States, we often get our dry cleaning returned on hangers that say "We Love Our Customers." I once inadvertently brought one into the office (back in the day), and our team displayed it prominently on a shelf, because it's true. Meeting with customers is the best part of my job here at Akamai. And while there is no substitute for meeting in person, speaking with customers online
First off, no -- the Internet is not going to break! That said, the news media is awash with stories and statistics about how the Internet is faring with the increase in traffic due to isolation protocols forcing daily functions online. Which functions? In my house, we have remote work, e-learning, online retail, online banking, streaming video, online gaming, video chat, social media, and Wi-Fi calling. I know I'm not
For decades, those of us who work on the infrastructure of the web have heard and talked a lot about "inflection points" -- points at which we have seen notable increases in Internet usage driven by commerce, entertainment, financial services, travel, etc. And now, without warning, the world changed. Every industry has been disrupted in a matter of weeks, and the world is likely never to be quite the same